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BlackBerry: Chill, we’re not ditching keyboard smartphones

by Todd Haselton | July 8, 2016July 8, 2016 10:00 am PDT

BlackBerry announced earlier this week that it’s planning to stop manufacturing the BlackBerry Classic. Unfortunately, due to misreported information from The New York Times and other places, this turned into a story that BlackBerry was ditching physical keyboards altogether. The New York Times updated its story, but the damage was already done. BlackBerry senior vice president of device sales Alex Thurber tried to clear up the confusion on Twitter.

“In response to some recent press reports, I want to be clear that BlackBerry users have nothing to fear — the keyboard is here to stay,” Thurber said. And to folks who follow the mobile industry, we already know that the BlackBerry Priv, which has a full keyboard, is still being manufactured and sold. Rumor has it, too, that BlackBerry is planning three new Android smartphones soon, some of which also reportedly pack QWERTY keyboards.

Those of us who still love BlackBerry’s physical keyboards are safe, despite some information floating around to the contrary.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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