One of the famous technology forums in the field of mobile software development called XDA-Developers recently released its first smartphone. The smartphone is called XDA Pro1-X and the interesting point is that it has a built-in QWERTY keyboard, and is also the first smartphone in the world to run on LineageOS platform, a custom ROM based on the platform. of the open source Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
In fact, the XDA Pro1-X is not really a new phone, instead, it is a slightly upgraded and refined version of the F (x) tec Pro1 launched last year with a similar design. . F (x) tec is a technology company specializing in mobile devices based in London, UK. It is also the main production partner of the XDA Pro1-X.
The design of the XDA Pro1-X is relatively different from the majority of smartphones today on the market, it brings a bit of “nostalgia” when integrating a sliding QWERTY keyboard similar to many phones released ago 10 years, like Nokia N97 mini or Nokia E7.
Pro1-X’s screen is a 5.99-inch curved AMOLED screen with 2 sides, Full HD + resolution, equipped with Gorilla Glass 3. The integrated keyboard is a 64-key, 5-row QWERTY keyboard, with lights background and use a mechanical sliding type mechanism. The slope of the screen when the physical keyboard is activated is 155 degrees.
The hardware specifications of the machine are not too attractive when only equipped with Snapdragon 835 chip, 2017’s flagship chip is too old, 8GB of RAM, 128GB storage. It has a 12MP + 5MP dual camera on the back and an 8MP selfie camera on the front. The battery of the device has a capacity of 3200mAh, with support for Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging.
Detailed hardware specifications of Pro1-X
The previous F (x) tec Pro1 debuted with Android 9.0 Pie pre-installed, but with the XDA Pro1-X, when the user orders it will be given the option to see if the receiving device will install the system. operating any. XDA launched two versions: one running on the Android operating system with the LineageOS interface and one running on the Ubuntu Touch OS operating system.
For those who do not know, the XDA forum has always been the “cradle” of development of CyanogenMod – precursor of LineageOS. Until now, XDA programmers have maintained the release of custom LineageOS ROMs for supported devices, in order to provide a near-native Android software ROM for users. This is also the reason that XDA wants to launch the world’s first smartphone with LineageOS pre-installed.
Explaining the Pro1-X development, the XDA forum representative said that they have been planning to create a smartphone for many years, focusing mainly on user privacy, which the LineageOS platform currently It is still available thanks to the Privacy Guard feature (now replaced by the AOSP Permission Hub on LineageOS 17), which allows users to share only essential data. In addition, Pro1-X is also a product that realizes the dream of some users who have always expected a smartphone running on Ubuntu Touch operating system. Pro1-X is the first smartphone equipped with a Qualcomm chip pre-installed with this operating system.
Pro1-X runs on Ubuntu Touch OS
Regarding the selling price, the listed price of Pro1-X is $ 899, equivalent to nearly 21 million dong. However, in the first sale, the device will be discounted to only 599 USD, equivalent to nearly 14 million VND, then will be sold for 639 USD with a certain number of members of the forum XDA. Product has the only color option is blue (Discovery Blue).