As promised, the folks at Unihertz have launched a crowdfunding campaign for their upcoming BlackBerry clone.

The Unihertz Titan features a big battery, 6GB of RAM, and Android 9.0 software. But the key thing that makes this phone stand out is the keyboard — it has a BlackBerry-style physical keyboard beneath a square display.

Unihertz says the suggested retail price for the smartphone will be $359, but folks who back the company’s Kickstarter campaign can save $100 or more. The company plans to begin shipping the phone in December 2019.

The smartphone features a 4.5 inch, 1440 x 1440 pixel square touchsrceen LCD display, a MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core processor, 128GB of storage, a USB-C port, wireless charging support, and you can either use dual SIM cards with the phone or a SIM card + microSD card.

It features IP67 dust and water protection, and Uniherts says the phone is also shockproof, making it appropriate for use in a variety of situations.

Other features include a 16MP camera on the back and an 8MP camera on the front, and the Unihertz Titan supports 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, and FM radio. There’s also a push-to-talk “walkie talkie” function mapped to a button on the side of the phone. But if you want to remap the button to do something else, you can also do that.

There’s a fingerprint sensor below the screen and the smartphone also supports face unlock.

Thanks to its built-in keyboard and fairly large top bezel, the smartphone sort of bucks the recent trend toward all-screen devices in a big way — but I suspect that’s a selling point for some folks.

Unihertz appears to have drawn a lot of inspiration for the keyboard from BlackBerry’s recent designs. In addition to sporting physical keys that you can press to enter text, the surface of the keyboard is touch-sensitive, allowing you to use the whole thing like a touchpad.

The keys are backlit to help you type in the dark. And in addition to physical home, menu, and back buttons, there’s a Shift/Caps Lock key in the top row.

Unihertz says the phone offers “global” LTE support, but it looks like Verizon and Sprint customers need not apply — the smartphone supports GSM mobile networks including AT&T and T-Mobile.

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7 replies on “Unihertz Titan smartphone hits Kickstarter (budget BlackBerry clone)”

  1. Dammit, just bought myself a new phone, and this happens! Where was Unihertz a month ago, lol.

  2. Article is incorrect, per the Jelly website and private FB posts, Verizon will be supported.

    1. Sounds a little iffier than that — Unihertz says it’ll support Verizon, but Verizon hasn’t certified it, so you’ll have to activate a SIM using a different phone and then swap it… and hope Verizon doesn’t shut you off. I’m not sure I’d call that support.

  3. Not really blackberry compatible at all in Indonesia they still use BB messenger which would be useful

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