Slider phone reborn: Fxtec Pro1 delivers Android 9 plus slide-out QWERTY keyboard

Mobile keyboard fans now have a new option in Fxtec’s Pro1 for the same price as the BlackBerry KEY2.

If you don’t mind running with Qualcomm’s 2018 flagship CPU, the Snapdragon 835, and want an Android handset with a Blackberry-like mobile keyboard, Fxtec’s Pro1 could be your next mobile device. It’s available in the US for $649, the UK for £649, and across Europe for €649.

The London-based company took the wraps of its Pro1 at Mobile World Congress this week, offering the world the chance to cling on to a disappearing world of mobile devices with physical keyboards.

Keyboard fans have the option of an Android BlackBerry KEY2 for $649 in the US, but not with a slide-out keyboard and a high-end OLED display.

The Pro1 features a slide-out screen that rests at 155 degrees for viewing and is designed to be used primarily in landscape mode, with five rows of 64 backlit keys that leave users less hostage to autocorrect software bugs.

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