BlackBerry: We’re Making One More Phone with a Physical Keyboard

The company may be throwing in the towel when it comes to developing and building their own handsets, but BlackBerry today promised everyone one more smartphone with a physical keyboard. Speaking with Bloomberg TV, CEO John Chen said this to Emily Chang:

“We have one keyboard phone I promised people,” Chen said. “It’s coming.”

It’s unclear exactly what this phone will feature or how it’ll look, however. All we know is it’ll have a physical keyboard BlackBerry is known for. It could be a slide-out like the PRIV, or maybe something like a Classic or Passport with a 1:1 aspect ratio. Heck, we’re not even sure if it’ll run Android or not (although it seems likely that the answer is yes). So really, we can’t go too far into this announcement.

What we do know is the fact that BlackBerry’s two most recent devices, the DTEK50 and DTEK60 which were built and designed by TCL, both sport custom software keyboards. They each run Android so this isn’t exactly a problem, but it’s likely a deal breaker for BlackBerry die-hearts. So really, this upcoming device may be specifically for this crowd: the ones who can’t give up typing on physical keys. Or it could be BlackBerry’s last try at seeing how the market responds to a physical keyboard in the age of software typing. Whatever the reason, we should learn soon enough since Chen said “it’s coming.”

Would you buy a BlackBerry smartphone with a physical keyboard in this day and age?