Smartphones that flip, fold, or bend like a well-oiled Yoga instructor are all the trend today, however their novelty typically lacks an actual function — not so with Fxtec’s Pro1-X, which launches on IndieGoGo as we speak.
Sat behind this cellphone’s high-res 5.9-inch AMOLED display screen is a slide-out 64-key QWERTY keyboard (backlit, naturally) designed to be used when the cellphone is panorama mode (for candy Nokia N900 vibes).
Fxtec —styled as “F(x)tec”— launched its mid-range Pro1 Android handset final 12 months, preloaded with a reasonably vanilla Android expertise. Now the corporate is again with an improved model of the Pro1-X that boasts higher specs and a alternative of working system.
Lineage OS is the headline OS — and for good motive.
The Fxtec Pro1-X is the primary client system to be bought with this open-source pleasant Android flavour accessible “out-of-the-box”. Lineage OS receives month-to-month OS, software program, and safety updates too (greater than will be stated for many Android cellphone).
Patrons aren’t restricted to Lineage OS both because the Fxtec Pro1-X additionally runs Ubuntu Contact. We’re speaking out of the field assist right here; you don’t should obtain and flash Ubuntu Contact your self or boot it from an SD card. It’s inside. On the system. The place you need it.
Two variations of the Pro1-X can be found by way of IndieGoGo. The most cost effective mannequin is supplied with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage; a barely pricier model comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.
The Pro1-X is predicated round an octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC (the identical chipset utilized in final 12 months’s Pro1 mannequin). This chip, first launched in 2018, continues to be a reliable and aggressive performer in 2020, particularly when seen towards many different mid-range handsets.
The system additionally contains USB-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, dual-sim, microSD enlargement, a side-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor, and NFC. It additionally boasts rear (12MP) and front-facing (8MP) cameras.
From what I can inform the Ubuntu Contact expertise doesn’t appear to have been “enhanced” or added to for this debut, however convergence is accessible by way of the USB C port. Fxtec say “[users can] plug the Ubuntu Contact-powered F(x)tec Pro1-X right into a monitor and so they’ll get the total Ubuntu Desktop expertise”.
Ubuntu Contact does have a desktop guise nevertheless it’s not the Ubuntu desktop expertise as most will anticipate it (and it doesn’t work in fully the identical method both) so pay attention to that earlier than shopping for on that foundation.
“After the improbable suggestions we acquired from customers of the Pro1, we’re excited to accomplice with XDA to supply our prospects alternative of another OS out of the field; a pure smartphone expertise with Lineage or a really open linux OS with Ubuntu Contact,” Fxtec’s Adrian Li Mow Ching says.
The Fxtec Pro1-X launches on IndieGoGo as we speak. The cellphone may have a $829 asking worth, however early backers can pledge snag a handset from $499.
View the Pro1 X Marketing campaign on IndieGoGo
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