Smartphones with physical keyboards may be an endangered species, but you can still pick up a BlackBerry-branded phone if you really want one. Soon there may be another option.

Unihertz plans to launch a crowfunding phone for a BlackBerry clone called the Unihertz Titan. There’s no word on the release date or retail price, but “super early bird” backers of the crowdfunding campaign will be able to score one for as little as $199.

Update: Unihertz says the suggested retail price will be $359 after crowdfunding ends. 

Update 2: The Unihertz Titan Kickstarter campaign is live

The Android smartphone’s distinguishing feature is the QWERTY keyboard and square 4.5 inch, 1440 x 1440 pixel square IPS LCD display. But it also has a few other notable features including:

  • Global LTE support
  • Dual SIM card slots
  • Wireless charging
  • Face Unlock
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • NFC
  • IP67 water and dust protection
  • 6,000 mAh battery

Uniherz says the Titan also features a Walkie Talkie feature.

The company hasn’t announced the processor, memory, storage, or camera specs yet.

While Unihertz isn’t exactly a household name in the smartphone space, the company has successfully managed to bring two crowdfunded phones to market so far. The Unihertz Jelly is described as “the smallest 4G smartphone,” thanks to its 2.45 inch, 240 x 432 pixel display, and the Unihertz Atom is a ruggedized version with a shockproof and waterproof case.

If you want a crack at the $199 early bird pricing, you can sign up to get an email when the crowdfunding campaign goes live and/or put down a deposit to reserve one.

Update: It looks like the $199 option might already be gone. Unihertz is now asking folks to put down a $15 deposit in hopes of scoring a Titan for $219.

via CrackBerry

Unihertz Titan smartphone hits Kickstarter (budget BlackBerry clone)

 

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2 replies on “Unihertz Titan will be a crowdfunded BlackBerry clone (for $199 and up)”

  1. A passport alternative was too good to be true. As it is remaining unknows 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).

  2. The Unihertz Jelly Pro was awesome, because it was tiny but with the 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM it was a full-blown phone unlike those cheap 3” feature phones in the Chinese online stores.

    The Unihertz Atom was awesome, because it had almost the same specs as my Blackview BV9500 in a lot smaller form factor – but the display was a non-IPS very low resolution LCD display, which rendered the phone mostly useless as a primary phone.

    But this Unihertz “Titan” is a total mess! I thought Unihertz has learned from their faults, but this BlackBerry clone seems to be way too bulky to carry in a normal size pocket, and although the display is a lot higher resolution than the previous 2 models’ displays, it’s still IPS LCD instead of AMOLED – plus the 1:1 (square) form factor means any 16:9 (or even wider) videos will be too small on the Titan’s display.

    I backed the first 2 phones, but I’ll skip this year’s model – $199 is too much for another MediaTek SoC “wonder”.

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