F(x)tec Pro1 X smartphone runs LineageOS or Ubuntu, features a sliding keyboard (Crowdfunding)

F(x)tec Pro1 Android smartphone was introduced last year with the main differentiating features being its sliding keyboard. The company also mentioned support for Android-based LineageOS as well as Sailfish OS, but those need(ed) to be installed by the user.

FX Technology has now unveiled F(x)tec Pro1 X smartphone with similar specs, except for the blue case and the option of having additional memory and storage, as well as official support for LineageOS and Ubuntu Touch thanks to a collaboration with XDA. Another difference is the availability of Scandinavian and AZERTY keyboard layouts

F(x)tec Pro1 X 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 or 8GB LPDDR4
  • Storage – 128GB or 256GB flash, MicroSD card up to 2TB
  • Display – 5.99-inch 2160 x 1080 (FHD+) AMOLED display with curved edges; Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Camera
    • 8MP Front-facing camera
    • 12MP + 5 MP rear cameras with dual-color, dual-LED flash
  • Video
    • 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
  • Connectivity
    • Cellular
      • 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, QWERTZ, Scandinavian, or AZERTY 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 the back of the phone
  • Battery – 3,200 mAh good for about 10 hours of talk time, 480 hours in standby; Quick Charge 3.0 & USB PD support
  • Dimensions – 154 x 73.6 x 13.98 mm
  • Weight – 243 grams

If you’d like to get the model with 6GB RAM, 128GB flash, and a QWERTY/Z keyboard, that’s exactly the same model as last year, except for the blue case.

Besides LineageOS 16.0/17.1 and Ubuntu Touch, the smartphone also supports Android 9.0, and third-party OS’es are in the works with Sailfish OS, Windows, and Debian.

F(x)tec Pro1 X has just launched on Indiegogo with a $75,000 flexible funding target that has already been surpassed with over $160,000 raised so far. Rewards start at $649 for the 6GB/128GB model with shipping adding $40. You can select to have Android, LineageOS, or Ubuntu Touch pre-installed on the smartphone at check out. Backers should expect the phone to ship in March 2021 barring any production delays.

Via Liliputing.

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6 Replies to “F(x)tec Pro1 X smartphone runs LineageOS or Ubuntu, features a sliding keyboard (Crowdfunding)”

  1. Nice device, but who is going to want four year old hardware when this finally ships? It’s obviously a community project to a large degree, but it’s simply too expensive for what it is.

  2. Given the China, America problem and banned manufacturers. It is surprising more manufacturers do not get behind a open source Linux mobile. Huawei have theirs, but a more manufacturer independent version.

    1. “It is surprising more manufacturers do not get behind a open source Linux mobile”. =>

      IMO the issue is not Android vs Linux (there are AOSP-derived solutions such as /e/ or LineageOS with MicroG). The biggest issue is that there is no technological independance in Europe, and that all SoCs suitable for mobile need tons of closed-source blobs and drivers to work properly, and spywares could very well hide inside (the Librem tries to get rid of it, but since the whole platform was not really designed for such a mobile use-case I am not optimistic on the battery life and other important features). Linux on a SD835 is not better than LineageOS on SD835 with regards to that : they still need the blobs and drivers if they want the device to work nicely…

        1. At least it is 100% open and relatively cheap to experiment with.
          And tbh lower end mobiles are not so much different. And the SW that’s being developed for pinephone now will hopefully drive other projects or maybe even open some (chinese?) manufacturer’s eyes.

          1. I still have 1 used and two boxed, never used Remix OS mini. Allwinner A64 2GB. Video playback and other uses are really showing its age, IMO.

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