Gone are the days when QWERTY keyboards were “in,” they have long been replaced by virtual keyboards. Some users still prefer physical keyboards though and that’s one of the major reasons why BlackBerry handsets are still being sold, but would a Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6 Edge+ owner want a physical keyboard? Samsung thinks they might which is why it’s going to sell them one.
Aptly named the Samsung Keyboard cover this contraption can snap on to a Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ to provide a full physical QWERTY experience.
Since it snaps on to the display it obstructs the view and the device works around it by automatically adjusting the user interface when it detects that the keyboard cover has been attached.
It doesn’t require batteries or a Bluetooth connection to function, the keyboard simply uses the virtual keyboard underneath for keypresses, so when a physical key is hit it taps the corresponding virtual key. It’s also easy to carry around, the keyboard can be snapped to the back of the device when it’s not being used.
Samsung is going to sell this accessory separately for the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ but it hasn’t revealed today how much it’s going to sell it for.