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Samsung Brings Back The Blackberry-Style Keyboard

Remember when you actually had to push to text?

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On Thursday morning, Samsung announced its next generation smartphones: the Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 Edge+. With 5.7-inch displays, both fall squarely into phablet territory. The Note 5 includes an improved S Pen stylus; The S6 Edge+ is mostly a sized-up version of the current S6.

Announced alongside the devices were a handful of other Samsung initiatives: Samsung Pay and support for integrated smartphone live-streaming via a partnership with YouTube. But there was one Samsung innovation that stood head and shoulders above the rest:

A physical keyboard.

Have it both ways. Large display and the rapid, accurate typing of a keyboard. #GalaxyNote5


It's a case that turns a touchscreen into a keyboard ...

Keep on innovating, Samsung -- you prematurely nostalgic maniac. We can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Brendan Klinkenberg is a tech reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in San Francisco.

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