Unihertz has never been opposed to taking risks with smartphone designs and its upcoming Titan Slim is no exception. While the phone has yet to hit Kickstarter a few early reviews are in… and they’re not too flattering.
The Titan Slim looks like a pretty standard QWERTY update. Its elongated body bolts a physical keyboard beneath a touchscreen display.
It also features dual SIM slots, an IR blaster and a customizable action button on the side. The Titan Slim will probably sell somewhere in the $200 – $300 range.
So far so good, right? According to early reviewers, things get pretty underwhelming from there.
First off, the Titan Slim also isn’t quite what you’d call slim when comparing it to most other phones on the market right now. It’s half an inch thick, which is more than 50% thicker than the Pixel 5a 5G.
Then there’s the keyboard. What should be the phone’s standout feature ends up being a source of disappointment.
Unihertz opted to place the modifier keys in the top row, instead of at the bottom where you’d expect them to be.
Also in the top row: the phone’s fingerprint sensor, which doubles as a home button. Graze it while typing and you’re dumped out of whatever input field you were typing in. Unihertz built in a double-tap toggle to prevent this and you’d almost certainly want to enable it.
Another result of the modifier keys being placed at the top is that the spacebar interrupts the bottom row of letters. Maybe that’s not a deal breaker, but it’s probably going to take some getting used to.
One final note on the keyboard: typing on the Titan Slim can be a rather wobbly experience because its weight isn’t distributed as thoughtfully as on a device like the Blackberry Key2.
Above that keyboard sits the Titan Slim’s display. It measures 4.2 inches and has a native resolution of 1280 by 768 pixels. That works out to an aspect ratio of 5:3, which won’t play well with every Android app.
It also failed to impress with its weak and spotty backlighting.
Reviewers also noted that the Titan Slim’s three-year-old Helio P70 processor doesn’t provide the smoothest user experience. Camera performance was fairly poor, and the phone’s plastic shell appears to be a magnet for smears and fingerprints.
It’s worth noting, however, that these were pre-production units that reviewers were looking at. Unihertz could very well make some adjustments to the Titan Slim prior to kicking off production just might make it an appealing option to budget-conscious shoppers who really, really want a new QWERTY phone.