Pro1-X: XDA Developers collaborates to create the world's first Lineage OS and Ubuntu Touch smartphone
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XDA Developers has announced its first smartphone, the Pro1-X. Crowdfunded on Indiegogo, the Pro1-X may look familiar to the intrepid smartphone fan. The Pro-X is actually a rebadged F(x)tec Pro 1, which launched last year. The Pro1-X sports a new colour scheme and comes with more memory than the Pro 1, but not a lot else has changed.
At the heart of the Pro1-X lies a Snapdragon 835 - yes Qualcomm's nearly 4-year-old flagship SoC. By today's standards, the Snapdragon 835 compares to the Snapdragon 730G, so the Pro1-X will not be offering flagship performance. Nonetheless, its fold-out keyboard is unique, even if it was done to death at the beginning of the smartphone era.
The Pro1-X also comes with up to 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 256 GB of expandable storage. The device supports dual-SIM connectivity too, along with NFC, a fingerprint scanner and a dedicated camera button. Up front is a 5.99-inch AMOLED screen that resolves at 2,160 x 1,080 pixels, which F(x)tec has protected with Gorilla Glass 3. Powering the Pro1-X is a 3,200 mAh battery Additionally, the Pro1-X has stereo speakers and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The cameras do not seem anything to shout about, either. The Pro1-X has an 8 MP front-facing camera and 12 MP/5 MP dual rear-facing sensors. While F(x)tec only states that the 8 MP sensor has an f/2.0 aperture, the company has confirmed that the main sensor is a Sony IMX363, an Exmor RS lens that Google uses on its Pixel smartphones.
Another selling point of the Pro1-X is its software support. The device runs LineageOS and Ubuntu Touch natively, but AOSP Android can be run instead. F(x)tec is exploring multi-boot support, too.
The Pro1-X has already exceeded its funding goal on Indiegogo. Some orders will begin shipping in December 2020, but most will commence in March 2021. Currently, the Pro1-X costs between US$649-US$849 depending on the perk chosen. As always, there is a risk with crowdfunding that F(x)tec and XDA Developers will be unable to deliver the Pro1-X to backers.