Phones with a sliding keyboard used to be pretty common several years ago, but they all be disappeared in recent times. If you don’t like the software keyboard on the touchscreen and find carrying a Bluetooth keyboard cumbersome, I have good news for you.
F(x)tec Pro1 smartphone with fairly decent specifications (Snapdragon 835, 6″ display, 6GB RAM, 128 GB storage) has launched for $699 with a sliding keyboard.
F(x)tec Pro1 specifications:
- SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (MSM8998) octa-core Kryo 280 processor with 4x higher performance cores @ 2.45 GHz, 4x low-power cores @ 1.9 GHz, Adreno 540 GPU
- System Memory – 6GB LPDDR4
- Storage – 128GB flash, MicroSD card up to 2TB
- Display – 5.99-” 2160 x 1080 (FHD+) AMOLED display with curved edges; Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- 8MP Front-facing camera
- 12MP + 5 MP rear cameras with dual colour, dual-LED flash
- Capture up to 4K @ 30fps
- Playback up to 4K @ 60fps H264 (AVC), H265 (HEVC), and VP9
- Audio – Stereo speakers; 3.5mm TRRS headphone Jack; FM Radio
- 2G – GSM bands 2, 3, 5, 8
- 3G – WCDMA: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8;CDMA/EVDO: BC0, BC1; TD-SCDMA: 34/39
- 4G – TDD-LTE: 38/39/40/41(100mhz); FDD-LTE: 1, 2/25, 3, 4, 5/26, 7, 8, 12/17, 13, 20, 28
- Dual Nano SIM with microSD support (shared with SIM #2)
- 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (WiFi 5) + Bluetooth 5.0 LE
- NFC (supports Google Pay)
- GNSS – GPS/A-GPS
- USB – USB Type-C with display support
- Keyboard – QWERTY or QWERTZ backlit sliding keyboard with 5-row, 64-key
- Sensors – Fingerprint reader, Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light, Hall effect
- Misc – Notification RGB LED; power/lock key; volume rocker; 2-stage camera shutter key on back of phone
- Battery – 3,200 mAh good for about 10 hours of talk time, 480 hours in standby; Quick Charge 3.0 support
- Dimensions – 154 x 73.6 x 13.98 mm
The sliding keyboard-equipped smartphone runs Android 9.0 Pie with an unlocked bootloader, and the company claims support for Lineage OS and Sailfish OS. They’ve also optimized the launcher, calendar, and email for landscape mode.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.