Samsung brings back the hardware keyboard

While the fight between BlackBerry and Typo may have ended with BlackBerry on top, that hasn't stopped other companies from trying to re-create their own keyboards for smartphones, in this case, Samsung. At its Galaxy Unpacked event in New York City, Samsung today officially announced the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ but to go along with those devices they also announced a hardware keyboard attachment.

Samsung has a keyboard cover for the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ that brings the hardware keyboard back to the phablet family. It's a four-row deal, complete with hardware buttons for home, multitasking and back. It'll cost $80, and be available in black, silver and gold. It's capacitive, actually, so the keys strike down on part of the display. That means no Bluetooth connection, and it doesn't have a built-in battery or anything. Just a cover, and keyboard.

I don't know whether to laugh because it looks so incredibly terrible or cry because it might actually help sway some BlackBerry users. It also raises the question on whether or not BlackBerry will go after Samsung for any possible patent concerns like they did they Typo. Given how many former BlackBerry employees are now Samsung employees, I'd like to think they did their due diligence and either licensed some of it from BlackBerry or at least made it different enough to avoid a legal battle but who knows. To be fair though, I don't think anyone would mistake this for a BlackBerry keyboard where the Typo was pretty much a straight rip-off. You can check out more over at Android Central if you're into this terrible looking keyboard.