Smartphones that flip, fold, or bend like a well-oiled Yoga instructor are all the fashion as of late, however their novelty typically lacks an actual goal — not so with Fxtec’s Pro1-X, which launches on IndieGoGo in the present day.
Sat behind this telephone’s high-res 5.9-inch AMOLED display is a slide-out 64-key QWERTY keyboard (backlit, naturally) and designed to be used when the telephone is panorama mode (for these candy, 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 gadget to be offered with this open-source pleasant Android flavour obtainable “out-of-the-box”. Lineage OS receives month-to-month OS, software program, and safety updates too (greater than may be stated for many Android telephone).
Consumers 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 need to obtain and flash Ubuntu Contact your self or boot it from an SD card. It’s inside. On the gadget. The place you need it.
Two variations of the Pro1-X can be found via IndieGoGo. The most cost effective mannequin is provided with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage; a barely pricier model comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.
The Pro1-X relies round an octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC (the identical chipset utilized in final 12 months’s Pro1 mannequin). This chip, first launched in 2016, continues to be a reliable and aggressive performer in 2020, particularly when seen towards many different mid-range handsets.
The gadget additionally consists of USB-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, dual-sim, microSD growth, 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 via the USB C port. Fxtec say “[users can] plug the Ubuntu Contact-powered F(x)tec Pro1-X right into a monitor they usually’ll get the complete Ubuntu Desktop expertise”.
Don’t get too excited by that. Whereas Ubuntu Contact does certainly have a desktop guise it’s not the Ubuntu desktop expertise as most will anticipate it (and it doesn’t work in solely the identical manner both as a consequence of its read-only file-system) so maintain this in thoughts earlier than backing on that foundation.
“After the unbelievable suggestions we acquired from customers of the Pro1, we’re excited to companion with XDA to supply our prospects alternative of an alternate OS out of the field; a pure smartphone expertise with Lineage or a very open linux OS with Ubuntu Contact,” Fxtec’s Adrian Li Mow Ching says.
The Fxtec Pro1-X launches on IndieGoGo in the present day. The telephone could have a $829 asking value, however early backers can pledge snag a handset from $499.
Typically talking I’m hesitant to cowl crowdfunding initiatives right here on<em> omg! ubuntu!</em> as a result of they typically promise an excessive amount of and ship too little —if something. However Fxtec isn’t a novice right here; it’s a UK-based start-up that has efficiently introduced a telephone to market earlier than.