5 best smartphones with a physical keyboard

Today, the vast majority of smartphones use only touch input. This means that users need to use the on-screen touch keyboard, which can sometimes be inaccurate and slow.

However, there are still models on the market with physical keyboards that have tactile feedback and better accuracy. We selected several devices that have this type of keyboard, but at the same time are full-fledged smartphones.


Blackberry key2

Price: from 39 990 rub.

Now very few companies decide to produce smartphones with a physical keyboard, but Blackberry stands out from the rest. Their latest model, Blackberry Key2, offers many of the features that the best smartphones on the market have. The device has a great design with an aluminum body.

“Under the hood” of the device installed Snapdragon 660 - a mid-range processor that is able to cope with simple tasks and some games. The default configuration has 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded using microSD . The smartphone also has two rear cameras, supports two SIM cards and a 4.5-inch Full HD display.

The physical keyboard is the standard QWERTY layout on which it’s nice to type. In addition, all keys function as additional buttons. You can assign application shortcuts to specific keys, activate specific commands, and quickly switch between applications.

The surface of the entire keyboard also plays the role of a touchpad. This means that you can swipe up and down the keyboard with your finger, and what is displayed on the screen will scroll up or down. The space bar also has a fingerprint sensor.

Key2 runs on Android 8.1 and has many proprietary security features from Blackberry. Another important aspect is battery life. Since a particularly powerful processor is not installed here, and the screen is smaller than usual, a 3500 mAh battery provides up to two days of operation.

Blackberry priv

Price: from 24 500 rubles.

If you prefer phones with a sliding keyboard, then Blackberry Priv is a good choice. The smartphone has a large 5.4-inch display and a sliding keyboard (on the bottom of the device). You can also quickly switch between types of typing if you prefer touch input.

The phone is equipped with an older Snapdragon 808 processor, runs on Android 6.1 and has 3 GB of RAM. Although this is not the fastest device, it should still cope well with everyday tasks. You can also expand the internal memory capacity with a microSD card.

Priv has an 18-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization and Schneider-Kreuznach optics. The screen resolution is 1440 × 2560, and the display itself is quite bright and is great for watching videos.

The keyboard extends smoothly and gently locks. She is quite responsive and very tactile. It is very easy to get used to it, since the keys are placed quite conveniently, even though this is not the widest device.


Samsung Galaxy Folder 2

Price: from 23 400 rub.

Before Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold, the company's previous folding device was the Galaxy Folder 2. Instead of the QWERTY keyboard, like the rest of the phones on this list, the phone has a T9 layout with letters and symbols.

Folder 2 develops into a compact form factor, reminiscent of old folding phones (in common people - “folding beds ”) of the early 2000s. Thus, the small size of the phone makes it easy to put it in your pocket or purse.

The device is intended primarily as an update for those who use outdated phones. Despite the retro style, it has many characteristics of modern smartphones. Galaxy Folder 2 runs on Android 6.0, has a quad-core Snapdragon processor and is compatible with LTE networks.

This means that it can perform most of the basic tasks, such as chatting on social networks , browsing the web, and messaging. Front and rear cameras are also installed here. Despite the fact that the phone is not very convenient to view media content, given the small 3.8-inch display and a resolution of 400 × 800, the screen is bright and well suited for viewing images.

Typing using the T9 keyboard is very similar to old cell phones. This is not as fast as with the QWERTY keyboard, but it works fine, you just need to get used to it.


Blackberry Key2 LE

Price: from 35 000 rub.

Positioned as a more affordable option compared to Key2, Blackberry Key2 LE retains many of the basic functions of its older brother, while at the same time having a lower price.

Key2 LE is equipped with a slower Snapdragon 636 processor and 4 GB of RAM. This combination is capable of handling multitasking, switching between applications and browsing the web. It also has a 3000 mAh battery, which provides up to a day of battery life. Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology should make up for this since you can charge Key2 up to 50 percent in just 36 minutes.

Otherwise, LE is not much different. The phone has the same QWERTY keyboard with programmable keys, a touchpad and a fingerprint sensor. It also retains a 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 2K HD. There is 64 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded using a microSD card.

In addition, it still retains almost the same design. However, aluminum frames no longer exist - they were replaced with plastic. The speakers are pretty dull, so we recommend using headphones.


Samsung Galaxy S8 + Keyboard Cover

Price: from 1 800 rub.

If you prefer to use the full-size flagship smartphone, but just in case you need a physical keyboard, then in this case a special case for the Samsung Galaxy S8 + can come in handy. This device works with Samsung Galaxy S8 + and is attached to the bottom of the phone, playing the role of the keyboard.

The keys have a decent size and a nice click when pressed, so the print speed is pretty high. Since the case does not use touch input, it is also compatible with conventional screen protectors.

The size of the display area will automatically change when you place the device on your phone. Although this makes the viewing area smaller, you can easily remove the keyboard if you want to play something or watch a full-sized video. Connecting and disconnecting is a matter of seconds.

The only problem is that the keys do not have a backlight, so you have to rely on your muscle memory to accurately print in low light.


The best smartphones with keyboards

The phones we listed above offer a much more convenient typing experience compared to the on-screen keyboard. However, these devices are not the best on the market.

If you want to use your smartphone for intensive typing, you can connect a USB keyboard to your Android phone.


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