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.
You heard that right: a keyboard.
It's a case that turns a touchscreen into a keyboard ...
... and a Galaxy Note 5 into a Blackberry.
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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