Unihertz Titan phone with QWERTY keyboard and rugged design smashes Kickstarter goal in minutes

Unihertz Titan phone with QWERTY keyboard and rugged design smashes Kickstarter goal in minutes
While waiting for a sequel to the summer 2018-released BlackBerry KEY2 that has yet to pop up in the rumor mill, hardcore fans of hardware keyboards can support the latest initiative designed to blend the productivity of past mobile phones with the advanced features and convenience of modern Android soldiers. 

Before rushing to deem the design of the Unihertz Titan unveiled just a couple of weeks ago as cumbersome or outdated, you may want to know it took mere minutes for the handset's newly launched Kickstarter campaign to reach its (arguably modest) $100,000 goal. By the looks of things, the China-based company behind this crowdfunding program could easily cross the $1 million barrier in a matter of hours, at least if the initial pace of "donations" is maintained throughout the Kickstarter's opening day.


Early backers have the chance to score a Titan at a nice $120 or $100 off an already reasonable $359 retail price, although no matter how early you join the campaign, you'll still need to wait until December to receive your bulky BlackBerry Passport lookalike with Android 9.0 Pie software pre-installed. Tipping the scales at a massive 303 grams and measuring almost 17mm in thickness, the bad boy has both an "ergonomically designed" physical QWERTY keyboard and a sharp 4.5-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1400 x 1400 pixels going for it. 

That sounds an awful lot like the BlackBerry KEY2 (minus the display resolution and 1:1 aspect ratio), but if you thought the KEY2's battery life was impressive, wait until you see what the Unihertz Titan can (presumably) do with a ginormous 6,000mAh cell under its hood. The handset is also rugged, aiming to cater to folks who "get sh*t done" with a water, dust, and shock-resistant construction.


So, yeah, there's a perfectly reasonable explanation (or two) why this thing is so incredibly chunky, and if you're willing to overlook that chunkiness, you'll undoubtedly notice the value proposition is almost too good to be true, at least on paper. In addition to the keyboard, display, and battery, the Unihertz Titan has a generous 6GB RAM, 128GB internal storage space, unspecified octa-core processor, both fingerprint and facial recognition, and dual SIM support with "global" LTE connectivity going for it. 

Granted, the slide-out F(x)tec Pro1 looks far sleeker ahead of a commercial launch scheduled for sometime this summer, but the Titan is much cheaper than $649, even at its full price.

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18 Comments

1. LawnBoy

Posts: 173; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

Nice....different but refreshing

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

If anything, this and the other physical key smartphone mentioned in this article just proves what I’ve been saying about smartphones with physical keys. There is a market for them, and the form factor isn’t dead or unwanted. And now, apparently, it’s expanding, which is the opposite of what many people have been saying (much to their chagrin) on articles pertaining to smartphones with physical keys.

3. TBomb

Posts: 1394; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'd sign up for a LG Ally-esque phone. Instead of a second screen case, give me a slideout keyboard case.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

You and me both!

13. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Definitely not! I would prefer to have a QWERTY keyboard as a backup device at the least!

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. But there are those here that have remarked in the past about physical keyboards on a phone being a relic, saying they are dead, etc. The fact that there are other companies now putting out PKB smartphones proves otherwise.

4. cmvrgr

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

UNIHERTZ TITAN SPECIFICATIONS Processor: MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core Display: 4.5 inch, 1440 x 1440 pixels resolution LCD Operating system: Android 9 Pie RAM: 6GB Storage: 128GB internal Cameras: 16 megapixel rear and 8 megapixel front-facing camera Water resistance: IP67 water and dust rating Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou/Galileo, NFC, FM radio Sensors: Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Compass Battery: 6,000 mAh non-removable with wireless charging capability Dimensions: 153.6 x 92.5 x 16.65 mm and 303 grams Is a fantastic device and gives too much for that price. It is a dream come true with the ruggedness and all those features. Work wide is back and you can handle it vertically not like the narrow s*it screen that exists till today.

5. Firenze91

Posts: 205; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

Smell like a scam

6. cmvrgr

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

@Firenze91 I am sorry but are saying nonsense. Unihertz has already delivered two more smartphones through Kickstarter successfully and their products are sold in amazon and other major global shops.

7. matistight

Posts: 980; Member since: May 13, 2009

They tried so hard to hide the fact that they're using a MediaTek, but the price makes sense. Comparable to the SnapDragon 660 or 821 (more like somewhere in the middle of 821 and 835). Not terrible I guess, but it's no Key2

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

I would love to see TCL/BlackBerry Mobile make the Key3 with some of those specs, like the bigger battery, face-unlock, and IP68 water, dust and shock resistance. That’s a day one buy for me.

10. TechDork

Posts: 402; Member since: May 10, 2010

I'm not going to lie, sometimes I miss having physical qwerty keyboards.

11. Venom

Posts: 3401; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

*Jaws theme plays* We all know Chen and co are swimming in the waters just waiting to litigate this before it's even out the door.

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3122; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Why? It looks nothing like a Passport other than a 4-1/2” square display. The keyboard is nowhere near the design of the Passport, more like an iPaq Glisten from many years ago.

14. Venom

Posts: 3401; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Because BlackBerry went after Facebook and Whatsapp for a very generic patent, so it's highly likely that they would go after this company for making a keyboard device even though they are certainly not the only company that has made PKB devices in the past. It's not like the Droid didn't exist or anything.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Crispin, You know he’s just commenting to say something negative about BlackBerry. He’s ignoring the fact that companies have to pay for IP if it belongs to another company. He’s also ignoring the fact that BlackBerry has the largest portfolio of patents pertaining to physical keyboards on a smartphone. Even Motorola was paying BlackBerry to use its IP for physical keyboards iirc.

18. Venom

Posts: 3401; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

If you have something to say about my comment, then say it to me directly. Don't try to take shots by responding to Crispin. This was a civil conversation between me and Crispin but I don't mind putting you in your place. Again. You're ignoring the fact that BlackBerry has been known to go after companies with frivolous lawsuits. You've commented before about Apple suing for generic shapes and languages, so how is this any different? Just because BlackBerry is famous for their devices doesn't mean that they were the only ones because they weren't.

17. 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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