Sunday, July 14, 2019

Would you like a BlackBerry Passport running on Android ?

Some of the insiders are of the view that a Blackberry Passport type device may come out with Android OS. The Unihertz Titan will be similar to an Android-powered BlackBerry Passport
Sure, the BlackBerry KEY2 is the phone to buy if you need an Android handset with a physical QWERTY keyboard. But there are still quite a few fans out there of 2014's BlackBerry Passport and its wider passport shaped form factor.

The extra width (nearly three-quarters of an inch difference between the Passport and the KEY2) allowed BlackBerry to make the keys on the Passport's QWERTY wider. There are some issues with the physical keyboard on the handset; it still feels cramped despite the extra width, and there is no shift key or numbers row.

There is a touchscreen keyboard above the physical QWERTY that will show punctuation and numbers. The options change depending on the app being used. And the physical keyboard can also be used as a touchpad.




While the Passport has its fans, the problem is that the device runs on BlackBerry OS 10, not Android. And even though a Passport running Android 5.1 Lollipop surfaced in 2015, such a phone was never released.

Note that the story makes a reference to an Android-powered BlackBerry slider codenamed Venice; this would be the BlackBerry Priv. That model was the first 'Berry to run on Android. And while BlackBerry no longer makes its own phones (TCL is responsible for the KEY2), there are some consumers out there who have expressed an interest in a refreshed Passport running on Android.
The Unihertz Titan will be similar to an Android-powered BlackBerry Passport


While we might never see an Android-powered Passport, the closest thing to such a device will soon be available on Kickstarter. According to CrackBerry, a phone manufacturer called Unihertz is planning on releasing a model called the Titan. The handset will reportedly be equipped with a Passport-esque 4.5-inch LCD display carrying a 1440 x 1440 resolution. The device will also pack a massive 6000mAh battery and offer wireless charging, a fingerprint scanner and a face unlock feature.

It also will come with NFC (for Google Pay), dual SIM functionality and Global LTE support. Similar to the Passport, the Titan keyboard has three rows of keys and will probably feature a touchscreen QWERTY above the physical one. Those helping to fund the device through Kickstarter might be able to pick up the phone for $199.



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