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The F(x)tec Pro 1 is a love letter to your old QWERTY keyboard phones

If you’re a geek of a certain age, you probably had some kind of phone with a physical keyboard. For me, it was the BlackBerry Tour. For my younger sister, it was the magnificently chunky Motorola CLIQ. And for F(x)tec co-founder Liangchen Chen, it was the Nokia N900.

His undying fondness for that aging smartphone’s keyboard meant he clung to it for longer than he probably should have, and it eventually led him to try his hand at building a failed QWERTY keyboard mod for Moto Z-series smartphones. Once that venture tanked, though, Chen linked up with future co-founders Adrian Ching and Leon Feng to build the modern, QWERTY-packing smartphone they always wanted to use. Meet the $649 F(x)tec Pro 1.

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