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F(x)tec Pro1-X begins shipping after years of delays and a hardware downgrade

The Pro1-X still sells for £599 with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. (Image source: F(x)tec)
The Pro1-X still sells for £599 with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. (Image source: F(x)tec)
The F(x)tec Pro1-X has started being delivered to backers, nearly two years after its launch in collaboration with XDA Developers. While one of the last smartphones with a slide-out keyboard, the F(x)tec Pro1-X has received a massive hardware downgrade compared to those that were offered during its Indiegogo campaign.

F(x)tec has announced that it has started shipping the Pro1-X to some customers, 18 months on from the smartphone's original launch window. To recap, the F(x)tec Pro1-X debuted in October 2020 with a Snapdragon 835 SoC, 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 256 GB of expandable storage. Scheduled for a December 2020 release date, most Indiegogo orders would not get into people's hands until March 2021.

However, things went awry in February 2021 after dispatching the first batch of Pro1-X orders. As we reported at the time, F(x)tec announced that it could not source enough Snapdragon 835 chipsets, unsurprising considering the chipset's age by late 2020 and early 2021. As a result, F(x)tec switched to the Snapdragon 662, a weaker chipset that offered greater power efficiency than the Snapdragon 835. F(x)tec then stated that remaining Pro1-X orders would ship in August 2021, which slipped to April 2022 and now to July 2022.

In a blog post, F(x)tec explains that Batch 1 customers should have already started to receive tracking details from FedEx. Conversely, Batch 2 orders will not start leaving the factory until sometime next month. Supposedly, new orders will begin shipping this month too, which seems unlikely. Currently, the F(x)tec Pro1-X starts at £599 with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage and rises to £649 for the 8 GB/256 GB model.

(Image source: F(x)tec)
(Image source: F(x)tec)

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Alex Alderson, 2022-07-27 (Update: 2022-07-27)