GBAtemp – Official Review: F(x)tec Pro1 (Hardware)

Some wise folk once said that benchmarks don’t equate to performance, so we’ll skip right to actual performance, and my experience with the Pro1 during my test has been a positive one. I’ve been using the phone for less than a week and have not encountered any issues, lags or random reboots. I’ve tested it on Android 9.0 and it’s been a stable experience.

Having the 64 key physical keyboard free the screen from the virtual one really boosts up productivity on-the-go. I’ve used split screen to write this review’s draft while browsing the net and it’s been a seamless experience, and one I haven’t experienced elsewhere with a smartphone. This is because the phone’s 5.99-inch screen is completely available for on-screen multitasking without having a significant chunk of it taken by a virtual keyboard. Moreover, the keyboard-typing experience felt natural and this is thanks to the PC-like shortcuts like Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V. It might take some muscle memory to get used to typing with the physical keyboard with two thumbs but the experience is unique these days. What’s more, you can still use the virtual keyboard in landscape and portrait mode if you need; giving the best of both worlds.

Read the whole article from GBA Temp: https://gbatemp.net/review/f-x-tec-pro1.1329/

F(x)tec Pro1 smartphone hands-on review

No[kia]stalgia strikes at IFA 2019. If you miss QWERTY keyboard phones and can’t get behind the latest BlackBerrys, a London-based startup may have just launched your next smartphone, the F(x)tec Pro1. Announced with pricing and release information at IFA 2019, it runs Android and packs a faintly familiar design, provided you’re over 25. It’s certainly attention-grabbing, but do we really need a physical keyboard in 2019?

In a swarm of samey Android phones, this bulky bee stands out with some serious novelty factor – likely the reason it’s garnering a fair bit of buzz. It also answers real-world problems: you can’t multitask on all-screen Android phones because the keyboard fills half the screen when you do.

 

Read the whole article from Stuff: https://www.stuff.tv/fxtec/pro-1/review 

 

A Key Device

F(x)tec releases a smartphone with a pop-out qwerty keyboard. There’s certainly a niche market for smartphones with keyboards, and the Pro1 brings a new take that differs from the “phone-in-a-PDA” approach favoured by Planet Computers. We have highlighted the “long tail” of the smartphone market for some time, and F(x)tec is a good example of the diversity and innovation that characterizes suppliers in this underappreciated part of the industry. At £649, there’s a premium to be paid for a small-scale niche device with additional hardware features. But with little direct competition, it has a chance of being snapped up by keyboard addicts missing the glory days of the BlackBerry.

 

 

Read the full story here from CCS Insights at: https://www.ccsinsight.com/blog/a-key-device/

Android Circuit

Following on from a preview at February’s Mobile World Congress, London-based startup F(x)tec have released its Pro 1 smartphone at IFA. At first glance it’s a thicker Android handset with a wonderful screen and curved edges, backed up by a SnapDragon 835 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.. but a subtle push at the edge of the screen pops up the display and reveals an expansive qwerty keyboard.

Max Weinbach reports: “The one special part of the F(x)tec Pro1 is the keyboard. The keyboard is behind the display and exposed by sliding the phone up. The keyboard is very Blackberry-looking, though it is landscape instead of horizontal. To work with the keyboard, F(x)tec included 3 custom apps. The launcher, email, and calendar are all optimized to work with the keyboard. Otherwise, the software seems to remain mostly stock Android.”

 

Read the full story here on: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2019/09/06/android-google-news-samsung-galaxy-s11-fold-5g-honor-nokia-fxtec-vertical-video-ifa/ 

Fxtec Pro1 hands-on: The sliding QWERTY keyboard phone is back

Back in the day, there were several phones with sliding QWERTY keyboards like the T-Mobile Sidekick, the original Motorola Droid and the HTC myTouch 4G Slide (see, phones had bad names even then). However, touchscreens quickly became a more popular input method and sliding keyboards became a thing of the past. Despite this, many of us never lost our nostalgic attachment to physical keyboards or sliders – and now they’re back. Again.

A London-based startup company called Fxtec wants to bring real keyboards back to Android smartphones. The company’s mantra basically revolves around updating the classic tech of yesteryear for today’s demands. During MWC 2019, it showed off its first phone, the horrendously named Fxtec Pro1, with a display that hides a sliding landscape QWERTY keyboard.

My initial response to seeing the Pro1 was a pleasant surprise. Seeing that it looked like a pretty regular phone running stock Android+ in normal mode was nice, but seeing it flick open for the first time instantly made me want to grab it. I have to admit it took me a few minutes to perfect the hand movements required to gently lift the screen with your index fingers while simultaneously pushing with your thumbs on the opposite side, but once I got it the experience was every bit as pleasurable as it was back in the good old days.

Read the full story here on AndroidAuthority.com: https://www.androidauthority.com/fxtec-pro1-review-960653/

 

Pro1 The Little Lappy Top on TWiT.TV All About Android

Our Co-Founder Adrian Li Mow Ching joined TWiT.TV‘s All About Android hosts Jason Howell, Florence Ion, Ron Richards last night for a fun discussion and Pro1 demo. During the episode they chatted about the recent Google I/O conference highlights, and also checked out the OnePlus 7 Pro & Pixel 3a.

Host “Flo” decided our Pro1 worked just like a “little lappy top” in landscape mode when using the keys. Check out the episode above in case you missed your chance at the live Q & A.

We’re thrilled they invited us back this summer to bring Jason his Pro1 for a more in-depth review.

Tech Blog Writer Podcast Chats with F(x)tec on Qwerty Keyboards and Retro Tech

Adrian Li Mow Ching, founder and director, F(x)tec joins Neil Hughes on his daily tech podcast to share his vision of combining the best of what we used to have in smartphones into a modern device for today – Technology Refined.

“At F(x)tec, our vision of the ideal smartphone blends a modern handset with the very best features and technology we loved and miss, to create a perfectly balanced package that is delightful, functional, and unique. Our goal is to be the best at bringing back our favourite technology, making it better in a more modern way – that’s technology refined. ” said Adrian Li Mow Ching, founder and director, F(x)tec.

The Pro1 is equipped with a landscape QWERTY keyboard with five staggered rows and a sliding mechanism inspired by the classic Nokia E7 and N950. The slider tilts the screen to a 155 degree angle for optimal viewing. Thanks to a unique and innovative key design, the keyboard provides responsive, tactile feedback with each keystroke.

 

Full episode & notes available here: http://techblogwriter.libsyn.com/episode-827

Forget foldables, Fxtec’s Pro1 is a $649 phone with a landscape QWERTY keyboard

One of the big breakout trends of this past week has been the emergence of a brand new form factor for mobile phones. While Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Fold at its own event last week, Huawei used MWC Barcelona to introduce its own foldable to the market and Oppo teased an early-stage prototype of its own.

However, one London-based company took to MWC to bring a different, slightly new form factor to the mix. Fxtec (stylized as “F(x)tec”) officially launched its Pro1 (stylized as “Pro1“) Android phone today, and while it has most of the apps and features you’ve come to expect from a modern day device, it packs one key differentiator: a physical QWERTY keyboard.

Read their full story here: https://venturebeat.com/2019/02/27/forget-foldables-fxtec-is-launching-a-649-phone-with-a-landscape-qwerty-keyboard/

The F(x)tec Pro 1 Is a QWERTY Slider Blast From the Past

In was just a decade ago when we all lived in the golden age of the QWERTY keyboard smartphone. Devices like the Palm Pre and Motorola Droid seemed like viable alternatives to the iPhone largely because they had all those tactile keys for inputting text. Smartphones with physical keyboards are all but extinct now, but F(x)tec is trying to bring them back with the F(x)tec Pro 1. It faces a tough uphill climb, though.

F(x)tec has been carrying the torch for QWERTY sliders for some time now. The company initially came together as a project to build a keyboard Mod for Motorola’s Moto Z line of modular phones. That dream fell apart for a number of reasons, and now F(x)tec aims to build its own phone with a keyboard. It will join Blackberry/TCL, which is currently the only source for modern Android phones with keyboards.

The $649 F(x)tec Pro 1 looks like something straight out of 2009 with a dash of modern flair. It has a five-row landscape QWERTY keyboard consisting of 64 backlit keys. The keyboard slides out in landscape orientation, and the display tilts up at a 155-degree angle for more comfortable viewing. The phone’s launcher will be optimized for landscape usage, and there are even arrow keys on the keyboard for navigation. It’s really a blast from the past.

Read ExtremeTech’s full report here: https://www.extremetech.com/mobile/286640-the-fxtec-pro-1-is-a-qwerty-slider-blast-from-the-past

Fxtec Pro1 hands on: The sliding QWERTY keyboard phone is back, again!

Back in the day, there were several phones with sliding QWERTY keyboards like the T-Mobile Sidekick, the original Motorola Droid and the HTC myTouch 4G Slide (see, phones had bad names even then). However, touchscreens quickly became a more popular input method and sliding keyboards became a thing of the past. Despite this, many of us never lost our nostalgic attachment to physical keyboards or sliders – and now they’re back. Again.

A London-based startup company called Fxtec wants to bring real keyboards back to Android smartphones. The company’s mantra basically revolves around updating the classic tech of yesteryear for today’s demands. During MWC 2019, it showed off its first phone, the horrendously named Fxtec Pro1, with a display that hides a sliding landscape QWERTY keyboard.

Read Android Authority’s full report here: https://www.androidauthority.com/fxtec-pro1-review-960653/