Unihertz' Android powered Passport clone stars in a new video



Two weeks ago to the day, we told you about the Unihertz Titan. This is a sturdy Android-powered phone with a physical QWERTY keyboard that resembles the one on the BlackBerry Passport. The latter featured a unique combination of physical and virtual keys, and many appreciated the size of the keyboard on that phone along with the 4.5-inch 1440 x 1440 display and its passport-sized form factor. However, the Passport is powered by BlackBerry's own operating system which is why there has been a call by some Passport fans for an Android-powered model.

So in steps manufacturer Unihertz with the Titan. The Android-powered phone will be launched soon on Kickstarter, according to the company's website. While there, you can sign up to receive an early-bird discount to pay as low as $199 for the handset. What we know about the Titan is that it is equipped with a 4.5-inch LCD display carrying a 1440 x 1440 resolution. The Snapdragon 835 chipset, two generations old, will be under the hood. There is a massive 6000mAh battery inside the unit, which also features wireless charging, Dual SIM capabilities, a fingerprint scanner, facial recognition and IP67 certification for dust and water resistance. There is also support for global 4G LTE and NFC connectivity.


On Friday, Unihertz dropped a YouTube video that shows the Titan being, well, dropped itself. And it is obvious from the tag line that Unihertz is marketing the device to consumers and businesses as a rugged productivity tool. So what is this tag line? "Titan. The phone for people who get shit done." We aren't likely to see this on a billboard soon, although we appreciate the company's passion for its new smartphone.

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26 Comments

1. lyndon420

Posts: 6861; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

That would actually be an awesome billboard. Get s**t done!! Blackberry wouldn't be happy about it but whatever (they're no longer a Canadian company)...like all fruit - they come with an expiry date.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

“BlackBerry” is still a Canadian company. TCL, which licenses the patents from BlackBerry to make their smartphones, is not Canadian.

17. lyndon420

Posts: 6861; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

R.I.M. may be a Canadian company (still), but blackberry isn't...

19. Subie

Posts: 2414; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

R.I.M. as their corporate name has been gone for years now. It's just Blackberry Ltd. now and they're still Canadian. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlackBerry_Limited

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Someone that does research. Thank you, Subie.

25. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Perhaps if you had done the same, you would know that LTE is a GSM based technology.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

RIM doesn’t exist. They are called BlackBerry now. You need to do better research.

12. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

The context of your comment was very clear despite someone trying to correct a mere technicality.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Obviously not, as he was still trying to separate the two. Nice try, though. Lmao!

24. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Well the fact that you responded out of guilt confirms it.

2. perry1234

Posts: 652; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Wow! I was almost sold at $199 and 6000 mAh battery. Unfortunately, I think most people looking at a smartphone purchase that includes me) would also want that occasionally great YouTube watching experience. Not a good idea on these types of phones. Plus, I would like to have some reviews on the keyboard. Is it as great as the one on Passport which had great travel and tactility? No brainer as a secondary/backup phone though.

3. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I already smell the BlackBerry sharks swimming in the lawsuit ocean.

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6861; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Of course you would... But just remember...R.I.M...is no longer relevant. Like everything fruit... apple is next....

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao, indeed he would, and we all know why. If it’s anything BlackBerry, he is negative towards it. “RIM” no longer exist. BlackBerry is very relevant, just in a different field.

11. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Well it's true. Blackberry has been on a lawsuit warpath in recent years essentially becoming patent sharks. A certain someone who is already spewing their nonsense would think I'm being negative towards blackberry, but that's not the case despite what some people think. They actually went after Facebook and Whatsapp for something so vague in a patent case several months back. Apple needs a kick in the shin for killing the headphone jack and TouchID. I actually tried to get back onto the Apple scene with my old iPhone 6 and I couldn't even go 5 minutes without wanting my Pixel 3A XL back.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Except you are and have always been negative towards and spewed nonsense about BlackBerry. Why do you think he said it, lol.

26. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I've always called them out for their frivolous lawsuits, but just like last time when I provided proof of other entities that shared the same idea, you would just deny and deflect much like you are doing right now.

5. Rafishant

Posts: 401; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

No longer strong to do that

7. kotan24

Posts: 319; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Not bad

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The hardware buttons drive me nuts. Having Home as the first button and then back as the third seems incredibly counter intuitive.

15. matistight

Posts: 1007; Member since: May 13, 2009

It's what blackberry's with BBOS had, so it makes sense.

13. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't understand the need for a Passport like device. The KeyONE devices do exist although they are extremely overpriced and some of them have only modest specs.

14. matistight

Posts: 1007; Member since: May 13, 2009

"Titan. The phone for people who get s**t done." Yep, its definitely getting a slow mediatek processor

18. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

It will have the snapdragon 835.

16. BigVanVader

Posts: 52; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

Looks awesome

27. cmvrgr

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

A passport alternative was too good to be true. As it is remaining unknown the camera sensor and is unknown if it can do carrier aggregation for being able to run in 4g+ speeds or if it supports VoLTE another major problem has come to the surface. It is related to language support from the hardware keyboard. It supports only English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese with the QWERTY keyboard.  That means that if you are intending to use it especially for business purposes (with other countries that their language is not supported by the hardware keyboard) and you have to reply email, messages or whatever you need to do you are doomed. It is ridiculous to make a business ragged device in 2019 that supports only 9 languages even if they cover their main markets (with an operating system that has global language support).

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