The $900 Pro1-X phone gives you a physical keyboard and LineageOS

Joanna Estrada
October 28, 2020

Famous software development community XDA has partnered with London-based F (x) tec to make its first-ever smartphone, the Pro 1-X.

The hardware is much the same as the Pro1. You get a Snapdragon 835 and 6-inch, 2160 x 1080 AMOLED touchscreen that slides up to reveal a QWERTY keyboard. You can now choose 8GB LPDDR4 as an alternative to 6GB and there's now a 256GB microSD card option in addition to 128GB.

XDA is launching the F (x) tec Pro1-X through IndieGoGo. The XDA Pro1-X is now on Indiegogo where it's being sold at an early bird price of $679, which is 24% off its RRP of $899. The remaining packages are set to ship March 2021. The phone will also run on LineageOS, the spiritual successor to CyanogenMod, but according to XDA, there will be versions that run Ubuntu Touch OS and regular Android if that's what you prefer. In particular, the Privacy Guard - in LineageOS 16, which was replaced by AOSP's Permissions Hub in LineageOS 17 - allows you to only share the data you want to share, and not share the data you don't want to share.

Beyond just LineageOS, there's a large community of Ubuntu users who've always dreamed of having a smartphone running Ubuntu Touch, and the Pro1-X is the first Qualcomm-powered smartphone to run Ubuntu Touch. Ubuntu Touch can also run on the Raspberry Pi 4 and other devices.

The gesture-controlled, open source Ubuntu Touch brings a desktop experience to the smartphone with multitasking, multi-window support and other enhancements. Once you plug the phone into a monitor, you can use its screen as a trackpad and its physical keyboard for text input.

The slide-out keyboard (or slide up screen, depending on your point of view), harkens back to early Android phones such as Motorola's Droid. The keyboard is touted for productivity apps and games. F (x) tec claims the battery can provide up to 10 hours of talk time and 480 hours of standby time.

The camera department features a 12 MP main module on the back (IMX363) and an 8 MP selfie camera on the front.

Like the Pro1 before it, the Pro1-X is no doubt a niche proposition, with the security-conscious and software developers most likely to see the appeal of this specific setup.

The Pro1 X supplies a USB Type-C port with power delivery and HDMI output support. There's a hardware shutter key for the camera and a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a properly old-school device.

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