We reported on the Unihertz Titan a couple of weeks back and now it is time to throw down your money if you are interested in a device that looks like the spiritual successor to the BlackBerry Passport.
If you're unfamiliar, the device has styling that is uncanny with the Passport, featuring a wide body, a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 1440 x 1440, and QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard also acts as a trackpad, which means you can swipe your finger across the keys and you'll get a response on the display. As you might expect, the device also has a fingerprint reader for added security.
Unihertz won't say exactly what chip is powering it, but it is an octa-core 2GHz CPU with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It has a dual SIM slot, meaning you can make use of two SIMs, or use one of the slots for additional storage with a micro SD card. There is a 16MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing camera. NFC support is present and will allow for mobile payments to be supported.
With its 6,000mAh battery, it should provide plenty of power throughout the day and if you happen to run low, you will be able to charge using its USB Type C port or through a wireless charging pad. Those that are concerned about its resilience to the elements, the Titan has an IP67 rating. The handset will be running Google's Android 9.0. So all in all, this is a pretty complete package for an Android device that started (with early bird pricing) at just $199.
If you're interested, the Kickstarter is now live. Unfortunately, the early bird pricing of $199 and $219 are no longer available, disappearing after just a few hours. But, you can still pledge the amount of $239 to lock one of the 275 (as of writing) devices available, which is still $120 off its $359 recommended retail price.
At the time of this article going out, the campaign has already amassed double its goal, which is a good sign. But like any crowd-funded project, a final product and its quality are not guaranteed, so be careful before you part with your money.