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[TechRadar] Keep calm and type on: BlackBerry isn't killing the keyboard
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Keep calm and type on: BlackBerry isn't killing the keyboard

<img src="http://cdn.mos.techradar.com/art/mobile_phones/BlackBerry/Classic/HandsOn/Classic-HandsOn-03-470-75.JPG" alt="Keep calm and type on: BlackBerry isn't killing the keyboard"/><p>Fresh from announcing <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/blackberry-finally-accepts-no-one-wants-the-classic-1324427">the end of its Classic line of phones</a> earlier this week, BlackBerry has assured those accustomed to tactile feedback that its trademark full physical keyboard <a href="http://www.ubergizmo.com/2016/07/blackberry-keyboard-is-here-to-stay/">will live on</a>.</p><p>&quot;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&quot; <a href="https://twitter.com/Alex_Thurber/status/750763987428605952">tweeted</a> Alex Thurber, Senior Vice President for BlackBerry Global Device Sales.</p><p>Discontinuing the <a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/phones/mobile-phones/blackberry-classic-1277422/review">BlackBerry Classic</a> in order &quot;to keep innovating and advancing [its] portfolio,&quot; murmurs arose of the company ditching physical keyboards altogether to produce more conventionally-designed smartphones.</p><p>While the big rumor remains that BlackBerry is making <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/blackberry-s-next-phones-may-be-its-last-gasp-with-android-1324272">three new Android-powered devices this year</a>, one of the supposed designs still includes an old-school keyboard, supporting Thurber's comments.</p><p>Additionally, currently-available devices like the <a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/phones/mobile-phones/blackberry-passport-1266671/review">BlackBerry Passport</a> and the <a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/phones/mobile-phones/blackberry-priv-1308303/review">Priv</a> also sport a keyboard, ensuring BlackBerry fans won't be left stranded following the retirement of the Classic.</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/computing/would-you-buy-a-macbook-with-a-touchscreen-keyboard--1318649">Will Apple take the keyboard out of its Macbooks?</a></li></ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/allnews/~4/WTXYbe0HT20" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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