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The Rugged Titan Smartphone Has a Physical QWERTY Keyboard

Dave LeClair 31-07-2019

Who says smartphones with physical keyboards have had their moment in the sun? Sure, most people use full touchscreen phones at this point, but there’s something to be said for the feeling of physical buttons when it comes to typing long messages on a phone.


Unihertz, the folks behind the upcoming smartphone Titan realized this, and they’re attempting to bring a new phone to the market that features a full QWERTY keyboard and a rugged design that can take a beating.

Titan Smartphone Features

The main selling points of the Titan phone are the keyboard and the durability. The physical keyboard on the phone features a full QWERTY layout, which should make typing on it a breeze.

As for the durability, Titan is waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof, so it’ll handle all of the stuff you can throw at it. The screen is made with Gorilla glass, so it should be able to take some falls without smashing to pieces.

Outside of those key selling points, the phone has a 6000mAh battery, which the creators say will be enough for 25 hours of continuous internet usage, 42 hours of talk, and 25 hours of video playback. Basically, it’s a big battery that’s designed to last a long time.


As far as the specs of the phone, they’re pretty modest but respectable for the price. There’s a 4.5-inch touchscreen with a 1400X1400 resolution. It comes with Android 9.0 installed as well. The phone comes with an 8MP selfie camera on the front and a 16MP camera on the back for taking solid photos. It has 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. All of that is powered by an Octa-core 2GHz processor.

Some other notable features include:

  • Wireless charging
  • Walkie-talkie feature (think the old Nextel phones)
  • NFC
  • Global LTE support
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Dual-sim
  • Face unlock
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • USB-C

Titan Pricing and Availability

Unihertz is seeking funding for its new smartphone on Kickstarter. It has massively exceeded its funding goal already, showing that there is indeed a market for a phone with a physical keyboard.

If you’re interested in preordering one for yourselves, you can do so right now for a rather reasonable price of $259. The company plans to ship devices to backers in December of this year.

As with all Kickstarters, there are risks involved in backing a project 3 Things to Consider Before Backing a Kickstarter Project Before you back your first or next Kickstarter project, here are a few things to keep in mind if you don't want to get scammed or waste your money. Read More and that’s true for this one too. However, Unihertz has successfully launched two smartphones via Kickstarter previously, so at the team has a proven track record.

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  1. chyron
    August 3, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    I already see why it won't be in demand outside english colonial area - layout is castrated to english latin with no ergonomic way to squeeze ANY additional letters - and pressing same key several times defeats QWERTY's purpose.

  2. Charlie
    August 2, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    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 countries that 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).