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Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z

Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z

Why is Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z better than the average?

  • Pixel rate?
    106.6 GPixel/svs98.85 GPixel/s
  • GPU memory speed?
    1750MHzvs1575.8MHz
  • VRAM?
    12GBvs7.76GB
  • Texture rate?
    426 GTexels/svs260.21 GTexels/s
  • Maximum memory bandwidth?
    672GB/svs371.41GB/s
  • Memory bus width?
    768bitvs247.75bit
  • Shading units?
    5760vs3335.63
  • Texture mapping units (TMUs)?
    480vs151.8

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Performance

GPU clock speed

889MHz

The graphics processing unit (GPU) has a higher clock speed.

GPU turbo

980MHz

When the GPU is running below its limitations, it can boost to a higher clock speed in order to give increased performance.

pixel rate

106.6 GPixel/s

The number of pixels that can be rendered to the screen every second.

floating-point performance

8.99 TFLOPS

Floating-point performance is a measurement of the raw processing power of the GPU.

texture rate

426 GTexels/s

The number of textured pixels that can be rendered to the screen every second.

GPU memory speed

1750MHz

The memory clock speed is one aspect that determines the memory bandwidth.

shading units

Shading units (or stream processors) are small processors within the graphics card that are responsible for processing different aspects of the image.

texture mapping units (TMUs)

TMUs take textures and map them to the geometry of a 3D scene. More TMUs will typically mean that texture information is processed faster.

render output units (ROPs)

The ROPs are responsible for some of the final steps of the rendering process, writing the final pixel data to memory and carrying out other tasks such as anti-aliasing to improve the look of graphics.

Memory

effective memory speed

7000MHz

The effective memory clock speed is calculated from the size and data rate of the memory. Higher clock speeds can give increased performance in games and other apps.

maximum memory bandwidth

672GB/s

This is the maximum rate that data can be read from or stored into memory.

VRAM (video RAM) is the dedicated memory of a graphics card. More VRAM generally allows you to run games at higher settings, especially for things like texture resolution.

GDDR version

Newer versions of GDDR memory offer improvements such as higher transfer rates that give increased performance.

memory bus width

768bit

A wider bus width means that it can carry more data per cycle. It is an important factor of memory performance, and therefore the general performance of the graphics card.

Supports ECC memory

✖Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z

Error-correcting code memory can detect and correct data corruption. It is used when is it essential to avoid corruption, such as scientific computing or when running a server.

Features

DirectX version

DirectX is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.

OpenGL version

OpenGL is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.

OpenCL version

Some apps use OpenCL to apply the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU) for non-graphical computing. Newer versions introduce more functionality and better performance.

Supports multi-display technology

✔Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z

The graphics card supports multi-display technology. This allows you to configure multiple monitors in order to create a more immersive gaming experience, such as having a wider field of view.

load GPU temperature

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A lower load temperature means that the card produces less heat and its cooling system performs better.

supports ray tracing

✖Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z

Ray tracing is an advanced light rendering technique that provides more realistic lighting, shadows, and reflections in games.

Supports 3D

✔Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z

Allows you to view in 3D (if you have a 3D display and glasses).

supports DLSS

✖Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z

DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) is an upscaling technology powered by AI. It allows the graphics card to render games at a lower resolution and upscale them to a higher resolution with near-native visual quality and increased performance. DLSS is only available on select games.

AMD SAM / Intel Resizable BAR

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AMD’s Smart Access Memory (SAM) and Intel’s Resizable BAR are two technologies that allow the CPU to have faster access to the graphics card, which can give a performance boost. It requires a compatible motherboard, graphics card, and CPU.

Ports

has an HDMI output

✔Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z

Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.

HDMI ports

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More HDMI ports mean that you can simultaneously connect numerous devices, such as video game consoles and set-top boxes.

HDMI version

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Newer versions of HDMI support higher bandwidth, which allows for higher resolutions and frame rates.

DisplayPort outputs

Allows you to connect to a display using DisplayPort.

USB-C ports

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With more USB-C ports, you are able to connect more devices/peripherals.

DVI outputs

Allows you to connect to a display using DVI.

mini DisplayPort outputs

Allows you to connect to a display using mini-DisplayPort.

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Falcon Northwest Tiki-Z PC Review — Improving On Perfection With An Assist From Nvidia’s Titan-Z

One of the most challenging tasks for a tech journalist is reviewing something for which you have no criticism. Perhaps I’m in the minority on that stance, but conveying to your readership that you enthusiastically endorse a product can often be misread as laziness or brown-nosing. In reviewing the Tiki-Z, the latest PC from boutique system builder Falcon Northwest, I find myself once more in this unusual situation.

I’m probably to blame for calling the original Tiki «The Perfect PC» in my 2013 review. I painted myself into a corner and gave Falcon Northwest considerable leeway to screw up future iterations, but zero room for improvement. After all, how do you improve on perfection right?

As they say, hindsight is 20/20.

Falcon Northwest has been designing custom computers for gaming enthusiasts and creative professionals since 1992. Over the course of 22 years they’ve earned the kind of clout that allows them to, say, ask power supply manufacturer Silverstone to tweak one of their designs to accommodate the Tiki’s 4-inch wide, 13-inch tall chassis and power requirements. Or the kind of clout that convinces a player like ASUS to move forward with a mini-ITX motherboard.

Company founder and president Kelt Reeves is also a bit of a perfectionist. During the initial prototyping of the Tiki, his CAD software insisted that a standard 120mm fan was impossible for his design. He ignored it and went on to test 30 fans in 75 different configurations, and ended up finding a way to make it work.

So I was already impressed — if not exactly surprised —  that Falcon Northwest introduced a system that totaled 715.5 cubic inches and managed to include an Nvidia Titan, overclocked CPU and 3 total storage drives while remaining cool and unnaturally quiet.

But a few months ago Reeves told me he planned to stuff Nvidia’s Titan-Z into the Tiki. The Titan-Z, Nvidia’ s triple-slot width dual GPU. I’m pretty sure I called him crazy. That went beyond ambitious to slightly insane.

Dual GPU, Dual Miracles

For those not familiar with Nvidia’s Titan-Z, it’s the fastest single card Nvidia has ever built. Effectively two Titans, it features 5,760 cores, 12GB (6GB x2) of 7Gb/s GDDR5 memory, and a price-tag of $3000 (don’t run away yet, there’s good news on that front). That means it’s heavy. That means it needs to exhaust a ton of waste heat.

After months of testing, Falcon Northwest made it happen and a review sample of the Tiki-Z arrived at Evangelho HQ. Its arrival coincided with an email note from Reeves. Here’s an excerpt:

«What you may not expect is that we’ve slightly boosted the GPU as well. Getting Titan-Z in a micro-tower is tricky, but the really hard part is getting fresh air in to the center of the card and the wrong-firing exhaust out without recirculation. If you don’t get that exactly right, a Titan Z will still run, but at base clocks, 100% fan speed, and will heat your case up to finger-burning temperatures.»

Thanks in part to the new laser-cut window (which comes in green-tinted glass or smoke-tinted acrylic) and a host of other tweaks, not only does the Tiki-Z comfortably accommodate the Titan-Z, but it stays cool enough to be overclocked. Taking the card’s base operating temperature from 83 Celsius to 85 Celsius in EVGA Precision results in almost a 100MHz lift to the card’s boost clock (about 960MHz). And the increase in fan noise is nominal. (Idling, the system emits a barely perceptible hum, and while it increases significantly under load, it’s far from being a distraction.)

I did my own overclocking well above Falcon Northwest’s levels. And while I won’t publish the exact clock speeds and settings (doing so would give Nvidia, Falcon, and Silverstone support reps all heart attacks), I will say that I achieved a stable and staggering 29% performance increase in real-world gaming scenarios. With a card that has no business being in a case this tiny. But seriously, don’t try this at home.

That being said, the Tiki-Z is designed for a very specific consumer and the company knows this. If you’re after extreme performance and size isn’t a limitation or personal preference, by all means look into Falcon’s Mach V or any larger tower. Save a grand by running two Titan Blacks in SLI, or even throw a third Titan Black into the mix for roughly the same cost as a single Titan-Z.

But if you want to work and game at 4K with an attractive and unobtrusive tower small enough to sit on your desk and be dwarfed by your monitor, the Tiki-Z is the perfect solution. Personally, I’ve become enamored with this form factor and am quickly becoming uninterested in the huge, hot towers. Especially knowing what a system of this size is capable of.

Tiki-Z System Specs (Review Build Configuration)

  • CPU: Intel Core-i7 4790K (Devil’s Canyon) with Asetek 120mm liquid cooling system. Overclocked to 4.6GHz Boost
  • GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan-Z
  • RAM: 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws at 1866MHz
  • PRIMARY DRIVES: Dual 1TB Crucial M550 SSDs in RAID 0
  • SECONDARY DRIVE: Western Digital
    Black 4TB HDD
  • MOTHERBOARD: ASUS Z97I-Plus Mini-ITX
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Free copy of Watch Dogs, Free Exotic Paint Job (Brandywine)
  • Free 28″ ASUS PB287Q UltraHD monitor (Yep! We’ll touch on that later)

Intel’s Devil’s Canyon CPU overclocked to a 4.6GHz boost easily supports the Titan-Z’s demands, but I have to admit I was most impressed with the pair of Crucial M550 SSDs in RAID acting as the primary OS drive. Look at these speeds!

Sequential Read (1GB) : 856.680 MB/s | Sequential Write (1GB) : 895.326 MB/s

Random Read (512KB): 758.826 MB/s |Random Write (512KB) : 845.542 MB/s

Granted, even a single Crucial M550 will post satisfying read/write times and opting out of the RAID 0 option will save you some cash come configuration time. But the pair of lightning fast SSDs and roomy deep storage further testifies to the amount of power and performance a Tiki-Z is capable of.

MaximumPC took a closer look at the guts of this system, and it’s worth watching:

But you’re probably more interested in gaming benchmarks. I’ve run a battery of tests at both 1440p and 4K. First, let’s take a look at 3DMark’s Firestrike results and how they compare to a «standard» Tiki with a GTX Titan.

It’s pretty straightforward: Without increasing its diminutive size, the Tiki-Z nets you a 59% boost in raw graphics performance over the original Titan-equipped Tiki.

Gaming Benchmarks

I love the clarity and visual fidelity of 4K gaming, but it’s not for everyone. Certain monitors have strange glitches, certain games aren’t optimized for Ultra HD resolutions, and drivers can sometimes cause issues to crop out. The good news is that if you opt in for 1440p (by the way, the new ASUS G-Sync Monitor makes a compelling argument for that) you won’t be disappointed. The worst performer in my tests was, to no one’s surprise, Metro: Last Light, turning in an average 71fps with quality settings nearly maxed out. And it knocks Tomb Raider out of the park at a silky smooth 121fps.

When you configure a Tiki-Z, Falcon Northwest throws in the excellent ASUS PB287Q, a 28″ Ultra HD monitor, on the house. So there wouldn’t be any excuse for skipping out on 4K gaming. With that, we arrive at the 3840×2160 tests. My benchmark settings have come under fire in the past, but I don’t believe in sacrificing graphics quality when you’re paying the kind of premiums you do for hardware that can run it.

With that in mind, I didn’t dial it down from the 1440p tests. So what you’re looking at for the above games are the most extreme settings while still being realistic. Ok, maybe running Sleeping Dogs on Extreme with the High-Res Texture Pack enabled isn’t exactly realistic at 4K without 4 graphics cards under the hood, but it shows you what the system can do under pressure. BioShock Infinite, GRID Autosport, and Tomb Raider maxed out? Hovering near 60fps which is outstanding.

And then there’s our benchmarking nemesis, Metro: Last Light, turning in 33fps. That’s actually respectable. It takes 4 Nvidia Titan Blacks to even approach 60fps while pushing this game at 4K.

Now these are some of the most demanding AAA games available for PC with eyecandy cranked way up. And they’re playable at 4K — certainly much more playable if you decrease the visuals a bit — not always 60fps but constant driver updates will improve the situation, as will upcoming G-Sync enabled 4K monitors. That gives me confidence in recommending the Titan-Z and thus the Tiki-Z for just about any game under the sun for the foreseeable future. I mean this system is barely larger than the Xbox One. And the crazy part? Not much hotter!

A Brief Tangent About Nvidia & Titan-Z

At the top of this review I alluded to having no valid criticisms of this system. In the end, I have nothing but high praise for Falcon Northwest’s smart integration of Nvidia’s Titan-Z. It’s a sexy and insanely powerful system from a company with more than two decades of excellence and innumerable awards under their belt. It’s a smartly designed PC with a razer-sharp focus on its intended audience.

The Titan-Z itself, however, is a different animal. While Nvidia should be applauded for its thermal achievements and power efficiency, it’s the messaging that gets under my skin. From the beginning, they told tech and enthusiast press that it was strictly for CUDA development. The $3000 price tag certainly backed that up, as did Nvidia’s decision to skip sending press samples and thus forego launch window reviews.

I repeatedly told Nvidia PR «bleeding-edge PC gamers will want this card for 4K» and Nvidia PR repeatedly said «that’s not who Titan-Z is for.» But the recent Battlebox campaign (an Nvidia-created moniker depicting 4K-ready systems) tells a different story. Fantastic deals from the likes of Origin PC, Digital Storm, Maingear are heavily targeted to gamers. In fact, a couple of Maingear’s Battleboxes start at $2999 for a complete system with a Titan-Z included. But a Titan-Z retails for $2999. And Nvidia tells me no price drop is planned. Is anyone else confused?

Maybe we’ve all forgotten Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang waving the Titan-Z in the air at the company’s annual GPU Technology Conference and proclaiming that it would usher in «5K Gaming.»

But the Titan-Z offers up about 2% better performance at 4K resolutions than AMD’s Radeon 295×2, while AMD’s card costs a whopping $1500 less. A thermal dream it ain’t, but they destroy Nvidia in the price/performance battle. Still, AMD’s dual-GPU solution isn’t possible inside something like the Tiki-Z, and that’s where Nvidia gets their design win. I just wish they’d stop being so dodgy about their audience and be more honest in their messaging.

Let’s be crystal clear: This rant is aimed at Nvidia, and this review is the most appropriate place to publish it since I never had the opportunity to review the card on its own. Falcon Northwest has performed nothing short of a miracle with their integration of the Titan-Z.

Need To Squeeze A Supercomputer Under Your Desk?

I’ll close with this: Of the Titan-Z, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang also said «If you’re in desperate need of a supercomputer to fit under your desk, we have just the card for you.» Said card is now in the Tiki-Z and it unquestionably rocks the house.

Falcon Northwest continues to edge out their competition with thoughtful design, attention to detail, and uncompromising performance.  Yep, the Tiki is still the perfect PC no matter what Nvidia GPU you stick inside of it.

*Disclosure: The impressions and benchmarks for this article were taken from a Tiki-Z system on loan to the author for the duration of the review period.

review of the film «Titan» — the winner of the Palme d’Or 2021 — Movies and series on DTF

A comedy drama about the search for a family, at first skillfully pretending to be a violent thriller.

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A transgender miraculously gets pregnant from a car and arranges a large-scale massacre. This is how “clickbait” described the plot of “Titan” in the media. Formally, this is a correct description, but only those who come to the cinema to see the next Cannes winner in the hope of seeing crazy, bloody and «art-house» mayhem will be immensely disappointed. Of course, it is there, but it lasts only half an hour. But there will be no transgender people. That’s such a disappointment.

If the film consisted only of this, it would never have won the main award at Cannes. Not enough depth. In reality, the basis of «Titan» is quite a standard and, suddenly, very soulful story for such a synopsis about how two hopelessly lonely people finally find a family in each other’s face. The fact is that the director of the film, Julie Ducourneau, managed to deceive the expectations of the audience and wrapped this simple story into an interesting and incredibly stylish shell. And it turned out much better than if the film had nothing but empty provocations.

The main character Alexia (Agat Roussel) works as a dancer in a car dealership. She is clearly tired of the constant attention of men and women who see her only as an object of their sexual desires. They treat it as an inanimate object — that is, as a soulless machine. And one strange night, the heroine takes and has «sex» with the car.

No, Ducourtnot will not show the act of intercourse in detail and leave most of the process behind the scenes. Because neither she nor you need it. Where another director would have shown too much superfluous to be provocative, Julia will focus on the emotions of the heroine. This is indeed a step up from her last work, Raw, where the director is like in low-budget slashers from 90’s, tastelessly shocked the viewer with mutilated bodies. The final twist of Raw, by the way, was generally guessed from the very beginning.

For those around Alexia, nothing more than just a beautiful object, which is why she sees a kindred spirit in a lifeless car

But it seems impossible to guess what «Titan» will actually be about. Because Ducourneau initially set herself the goal of confusing her viewer. The movie’s prologue is a trap. The director juggles genres, so after the first third the film turns from a viscous thriller with rare interspersed with excellent black humor into a full-fledged tragicomedy, in which there is unexpectedly more comedic than dramatic.

After a surreal semblance of «sex», the dancer massacres her at home, changes her appearance with improvised means, and goes on the run. Along the way, she meets the charming firefighter Vincent, played by his namesake, the unsurpassed Vincent Lindon («Student», «The Law of the Market»). Alexia reminds Vincent of one important person for him, and he decides to take her in. True, the heroine is forced to hide her gender, otherwise the deception will be revealed, and he will find out that a murderer lives in his house, which all of France is looking for.

In the history of the Cannes Film Festival, Julie Ducournot became only the second woman to win the main award of the evening

The remaining hour of the running time is devoted to the relationship of the two heroes, and this component in many ways exceeds the bloody beginning of «Titan». Today, many people can shoot beautiful, idealized violence, but adding organically fitting characters to this violence is a real feat. Speaking in hackneyed clichés, there is a real “chemistry” between Alexia and Vincent in the picture.

And the character of Lyndon draws all the attention to himself: obviously, this is the best role in his career. It is Vincent who is the main character of Titan, and not Alexia, who says almost nothing in the film, which sometimes makes it difficult to understand her emotions. Vincent is alive, does not skimp on emotions, is straightforward and at the same time knows how to defuse the situation.

From «Raw» to the ideological legacy of «Titan» got a color palette and a sea of ​​blood. That’s all

Watching the relationship between the two characters is truly interesting. Gradually, from strangers, they turn into the only people close to each other. Making movies about family is hard. It’s even more difficult when your characters’ family consists of a pregnant woman from a car and an elderly man with chronic depression.

And «Titan» is a very aesthetic movie. Not every film can afford to start with an incredibly stylish scene of a fairly explicit dance that lasts so long that the audience in the hall will definitely become a little uncomfortable. Speaking of dances and the soundtrack, besides Ducourtnot, it seems that only Tarantino himself knows how to choose songs so perfectly for scenes of violence.

Why Alexia broke loose and committed a crime is difficult to understand at first, but by the middle of the film it doesn’t matter anymore

Finally, for a particularly sensitive audience, it’s worth saying that Titan is not a film about a transgender person. First of all, this is a film about the place of a woman in the modern world, shot by a woman. Alexia hides her gender because she has to hide it. Believe me, it does not give her pleasure. It is not clear why critics generally considered Alexia transgender. «Titan» is, on the contrary, a statement about female identity and the female body.

You will definitely want to review the dances of the heroine

Julie Ducournot is no longer the shadow of David Cronenberg, with whom for some reason they stubbornly continued to compare her all these years, although there is not much in common in their work. From now on, her name is one of the main ones in independent cinema. Given that the director is only 37 years old and this is her second full-length work, Ducourteau still has a long way to go. Her signature directorial style was finally formed and gained individuality.

As for «Titan» itself, this is an example of auteur cinema that does not try to drown the viewer in hopelessness and abstruseness. Throughout the duration, the film manages to constantly feed the viewer’s interest in itself, without losing ground after the enchanting prologue. Moreover, it is one of the most beautiful tapes of the year.

It is also a film that is not afraid to laugh at itself, and in some scenes will make even the most gloomy laugh. Even with Titan being an unusual mix of thriller, comedy and drama, Ducourtnot got her way. She managed to tell a believable (in terms of emotions) story about how a person who has never known love finally gets this love.

Liked

  • A successful mixture of the disgusting and the aesthetic.
  • Constant juggling with genres.
  • Characters that you want to empathize with.
  • Few but great action scenes that have something of Tarantino and John Wick.
  • Excellent soundtrack.

Dislikes

  • Sometimes the film goes overboard with frankness and nudity.
  • The main character is almost always silent, what is going on in her head is a mystery.

Overview Unihertz Titan | BlackBerry in Russia

We congratulate all our readers on the coming 2020 and bring to your attention a review of one of the most interesting smartphones presented last year — Unihertz Titan!

Let’s start this review on a sad note. To our great regret, we have to admit that the BlackBerry company is actually not able to dispose of its heritage and the brand’s army of fans. By successively abandoning its own operating system, and then from the production of smartphones under its own brand, having outsourced the release of devices to licensees, BlackBerry has signed that it is not able to achieve profitability of the mobile division. The main licensee, BlackBerry Mobile, a division of TCL, was unable to build on the success of BlackBerry KEYone and achieve market share growth with the release of KEY2 and KEY2 LE, and at the moment it has actually curtailed all work on the continuation of the QWERTY smartphone line.

Even more interesting is the model that we will talk about today — Unihertz Titan. Unihertz is a small Chinese company whose previous phones, Jelly and Atom, were tiny Android devices with 2.45-inch screens that are designed for extreme situations where you don’t need a full flagship phone. Acting in startup mode, Unihertz developed and launched a project on Kikstarter, was able to raise funding to start production, and finally release this most unusual phone of 2019of the year.

Introduced in 2014, the BlackBerry Passport was BlackBerry’s most daring experiment yet. Acclaimed in the press, the Passport has become a cult smartphone, the only BlackBerry smartphone to keep iPhone and Android users coming back to the Canadian company. However, BlackBerry was unable or unwilling to attempt to build on this success and once again failed its fans. I personally know a lot of owners who keep their Passports on the shelf. It is almost impossible to use them in the modern world, but none of the real BlackBerry fans could ever part with their “passport”.

Designed by Unihertz Titan

Since the first leaks appeared on the Internet, the BlackBerry Passport has captured the attention of many people due to its appearance. Its design has raised many questions, from incredulity that BlackBerry would venture into such drastic design experiments, to debate over whether the fourth row of keys should have been removed, to rumors of a unique touch-enabled QWERTY keyboard.

First of all, you need to consider that the BlackBerry Passport was built for maximum performance, and one of the key points of this is that it is a modern powerful smartphone that is optimized for viewing and entering information. The large display provided an uncompromising experience for content, reading documents, navigating with a map, managing email and, of course, browsing the web, while its unique keyboard provided a whole new writing experience, providing incredible speed and accuracy when typing. .

We won’t repeat everything we’ve written about the BlackBerry Passport benefits — all the information is available in our review, but immediately after the launch, Passport users had a number of wishes, including a more powerful battery and a hardware key belt — like on another cult smartphone of 2014 — BlackBerry Classic.

Without a doubt, the developers of Unihertz Titan have carefully considered all the wishes. The Titan received a hardware key belt, which eliminates Android’s on-screen navigation keys and gives it a more typing-friendly layout with a larger keyboard and beard underneath. However, because of this, and also because of the monstrous 6000 mAh battery, it has become much larger, thicker and heavier than the Passport. The industrial design with IP67 water, dust and shock resistance makes the Titan even more bulky. The IP67 rating means that the smartphone is fully protected against dust ingress and can withstand short-term immersion in water up to 1 meter deep.

Programmable key on the left, power/lock and volume keys on the right, 3.5mm jack on the top, USB-C port on the bottom.

All in all, the Titan is a boxy, ugly, but extremely functional smartphone, built like a military device. It is huge — its dimensions are 153.6 by 92.5, the thickness is 16.65 mm, and the weight is 303 grams.

With its contours and metallic accents, it looks more like one of the last decade’s BlackBerry phones than the relatively elegant Passport. Don’t even think you’ll be able to use the Titan with one hand, like the Passport, it’s designed to be held with both hands and typed with your thumbs.

It is quite easy to fit in almost any pocket, but it feels like you are constantly carrying a power bank with you. Build quality is excellent. The inserts are really made of anodized aluminum with shiny bevels, the side keys are also made of metal, and the red coating of the programmable key adds a nice accent. The phone is twisted with metal screws and gives the impression of a very strong and reliable smartphone.

Display Uniherz Titan

Titan has a 4.6-inch display with a resolution of 1430 x 1438 pixels, about the same size and resolution as the BlackBerry Passport. Viewing angles aren’t its forte, but colors are punchy and resolution is incredibly sharp at 440 ppi.

The Titan display uses MediaTek MiraVision™ technology to adjust the display’s basic display settings.

Performance Uniherz Titan

The only thing I had doubts about when I started testing Titan was its processor — eight-core Mediatek P60 (MT6771) running at 2 GHz, which is a fairly budget solution. If we compare its performance with Qualcomm processors, then the closest analogy would be Snapdragon 660/636. However, the Mediatek processor has support for fast LPDDR4X memory at a very high frequency of 1600 MHz, which, in conjunction with 6 GB of RAM, allows Titan to cope with any business tasks. In addition, in the multi-threaded computing mode, the Mediatek P60 will give odds to some top-end processors. This phone will not be suitable for games, but if you plan to buy a Titan, then most likely this will not upset you. As for the built-in memory, the Titan received 128 GB (eMMC 5.1). You can also add a microSD card, though you’ll have to sacrifice a second SIM to use it.

The rest of the specs are pretty good for a work phone: USB-C, FM radio, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 10W wireless charging, 6000mAh battery, global LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, navigation: GPS, Beidou, Glonass, Galileo. The kit includes an 18W power adapter with fast charging support, a protective glass, a USB-C cable and headphones that look like Apple headphones.

Camera Uniherz Titan

If you’re a long time user of BlackBerry phones, you probably know that the camera has never been a strong point of these smartphones, with the possible exception of the PRIV.

Titan Camera — fully complies with this sad rule. Titan received a main camera with autofocus at 16 megapixels. The front has a resolution of 8 megapixels, fixed focus and can be used to unlock the face. Note! The Titan’s square display, like the Passport, encourages you to take photos at a 1:1 aspect ratio, but in this case, the resolution of the pictures will be even lower at just 12 megapixels.

Here are some examples of photos taken with Titan — they speak for themselves — the result is quite mediocre.

Uniherz Titan battery

Titan received a 6000 mAh battery — this is an incredible capacity, but it is leveled by the MT6771 processor, which is manufactured according to a rather outdated technical process that does not contribute to energy efficiency, and the Titan operating system itself is not adapted from the point of view of power consumption, such as on Android-based BlackBerry phones.

Manufacturer claims enough capacity for work and adventure with up to 7 days of use. Internet use: up to 25 hours, talk time: up to 42 hours, video playback: up to 25 hours, audio playback: up to 110 hours.

With a sufficiently high load, Titan demonstrates operation from a single charge for two to three days — in any case, this is pretty good.

The smartphone supports fast charging and wireless charging with 10 watts of power, this is standard charging, so it will take a very long time to charge the 6000 mAh battery using wireless charging.

Sound and communication Uniherz Titan

Titan allows you to use two SIM cards and has global support for LTE networks, which includes the 7th and 20th bands of Russian operators.

The signal reception quality is at a fairly high level. A fairly large case made of impact-resistant plastic made it possible to place all the antennas necessary for this to ensure high-quality communication. However, the Titan only has two microphones, so its noise cancellation is fairly average and it certainly doesn’t compare to the Passport in terms of voice quality.

However, the sound is quite loud and clear, and the ringtones are very loud.

Operating system Uniherz Titan

Out of the box, the Titan runs on Android 9.0 Pie. The main question that worried us the most was how much Titan developers would be able to adapt Android to a square display — after all, the lack of 1: 1 aspect ratio support in stock Android was, according to BlackBerry, one of the reasons why the company abandoned the Passport. based on Android.

If you hoped that something would change with the release of Titan, then you counted on it in vain. In fact, the Titan has regular Android installed, which is in no way adapted for use on square displays. This can be seen already at the beginning of work with a smartphone — a number of screens are simply cut off. In general, this does not create any particular problems during operation, however, a number of applications are not very convenient to use because of this.

Most of the content is displayed very well. Anything that contains several paragraphs of text, such as an article on a website or a book, is much more readable on Titan than on a regular phone. However, anything that requires vertical scrolling, such as the Twitter feed, shows truncated content; video apps invariably require the phone to be rotated sideways to get a «full screen» size that doesn’t get any bigger. All the apps I use all the time work on the Titan in one way or another, but it doesn’t always look good. If you remember what Android apps looked like on the BlackBerry Passport and you were fine with it, then the Titan will not disappoint you, but if you were expecting content to be adapted to a square display, then I have bad news for you.

Naturally, we tested the BlackBerry application package for Android on Titan, including the proprietary BlackBerry launcher — to once again dream about what this device could look like if BlackBerry took over its release. Naturally, in conjunction with proprietary BlackBerry software, the functionality of Titan becomes an order of magnitude higher!

The undoubted advantage is that, thanks to the hardware key belt, the titanium developers managed to get rid of the on-screen navigation of Android and the square display is used at 100 percent.

The Smart Assistant application is installed on the device, which has a number of functions similar to those of the BlackBerry Launcher and allows you to set shortcuts for performing actions using the programmable key and QWERTY keyboard keys, as well as enable support for scrolling control using the physical keyboard. It works, but unfortunately not quite the same as on BlackBerry smartphones — without scrolling inertia and this is not very convenient.

In addition, the Smart Assistant app can control LED signals and set app permissions.

Uniherz Titan keyboard

The hardware key belt on the Titan consists of five keys: Shift, multitasking, home, back and Alt. All keys are mechanical, with the exception of the central home key, combined with a fingerprint scanner — it is touch-sensitive and this is at least strange. The scanner works fast enough, but in the cold and when wet it is practically useless.

To my regret, the developers of Titan abandoned the obvious solutions — to combine a fingerprint scanner with a trackpad and the Enter key. Or assigning mechanical keys to answer or reject a call. In my opinion, it would be more interesting.

Otherwise, the layout of the Titan keys is identical to the BlackBerry Passport keyboard. The keys are large and reasonably comfortable, with rows of keys separated by «frets» that sit with a slight kink in the center — a compromise between the Passport’s straight frets and the curved ones of classic BlackBerry smartphones of the past.

As a fan of physical QWERTY keyboards — I give the Titan the highest score for typing comfort — its keyboard is definitely more comfortable than the Passport.

By default, the Titan has a Kika keyboard from Chinese developer Kika Tech, which turns on when you click on a text field, displaying numbers and special characters in an additional, virtual key row. It is also possible to enter characters using the Alt key.

We have serious doubts about the Kika Tech keyboard. In December 2018, a detailed Buzzfeed investigation uncovered how popular apps, including the Kika keyboard, exhibited deceptive and malicious behavior and were removed from the Google Play Store.

Unihertz reports that a customized version of the Kika keyboard is installed on the Titan, and the developers have «verified that it is free of malware.» However, personally I have no faith in Chinese developers. A good example of this is the recent story with the Preview application on KEY2 and KEYone.

As an option, we tried to install a BlackBerry keyboard on our Titan…. but unfortunately it doesn’t work as expected.

It’s sad that BlackBerry, which inspired the developers of Titan, still prevented it from being released the way the engineers saw it. The originally announced gesture input control in the final version of the device does not work. According to rumors, this happened due to BlackBerry patent claims. What can I say to this — in this situation, BlackBerry resembles the proverbial dog in the manger.

Initial reviews of pre-production Titan samples reported that the backlighting of the keys was uneven, but this defect was corrected in our sample.

The key material is excellent for engraving Russian characters. The arrangement of Russian characters corresponds to the BlackBerry Passport.

Russian letters are applied to the keyboard using a laser. Cyrillic characters practically do not differ from Latin ones, they have the same silver color and are highlighted in the dark.

Double characters are entered by pressing, holding and selecting the desired letter on the on-screen keyboard.

Wrapping Up

It’s amazing that an obscure Chinese company would take the risk of doing something that all BlackBerry fans have been dreaming of for the past five years, something we’ve all been repeatedly asking BlackB to do. erry and then TCL, and what BlackBerry itself did not dare to do is to release the reincarnation of the BlackBerry Passport based on Android.

I have to add in summing up — I am not an entirely objective reviewer. I am impressed with the courage of the company, which decided to do what the BlackBerry managers did not have the courage to do. And, perhaps, the successful launch of Unihertz Titan on Kikstarter will finally give BlackBerry management a signal that BlackBerry fans are alive and they are waiting for the company to do what it can still do — to resume production of interesting and functional devices.