26 October 2020
British smartphone brand F(x)tech has teamed up with XDA, a well-known tech community, to release a new phone named F(x)tec Pro1-X. It is the same phone as the Pro1 from the last year but with a few tweaks here and there. It does not have the latest specifications but its USP is the choice of the operating system for buyers and a physical QWERTY keyboard.
The Pro1-X currently offers the freedom to choose from stock Android, LineageOS, and Ubuntu Touch. It is up to the particular buyer to choose what operating system he wants to use. For LineageOS users, the phone will run LineageOS 16.0 build out of the box but an upgrade to LineageOS 17.1 build will be available straight away. It should be noted for stock Android build, the team is offering only Android 9 Pie and not the latest Android 11. It is further working on adding support for more operating systems like Sailfish and Windows.
In terms of specifications, the F(x)tech Pro1-X sports a 5.99-inch Full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) AMOLED display with curved edges and Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 6GB and 8GB of RAM. The RAM options are available with 128GB and 256GB storage space respectively. There is also microSD card support up to 2TB.
The rear camera module includes a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The front camera is an 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. There is a 3,200mAh battery to keep the lights on which is supported by Quick Charge 3.0. Other noteworthy features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, stereo speakers, and dual-SIM support.
F(x)tec has set up an Indiegogo campaign for the Pro1-X which is currently the only way to book one's unit. It is set to retail for $899 but there are some perks for campaign backers. It can be grabbed for as low as $499 but you will need to act fast as there are limited units are up for grabs.