Is the physical scrolling keyboard very years old? Don't tell F (x) Pro1, finally coming in September!

by Kelvin

Pre-orders open at a price not exactly out of order: € 649.

If you have followed us throughout the adventure of MWC 2019, you might remember F (x) tec Pro1, a smartphone that caught our attention because it stubbornly chose not to follow the trends in vogue in 2019, but rather to rebuild itself a great classic of past years: the sliding physical keyboard. Well, Pro1 is finally going to land on the market, with the shipments scheduled for September.

In reality, this is not a smartphone totally out of time, you can guess by giving a quick look at the display (AMOLED from 5.99 ″ full HD +), which presents rather reduced frames and proportions of 18: 9. What sets it apart, however, is the opening mechanism – very similar to that of the late HTC Desire Z – which reveals a large backlit physical keyboard, equipped with 64 keys, located on 5 files.

  

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However, under the bonnet, F (x) Pro1 struggles a little: we find it Snapdragon 835, chip of two generations (and a half) ago, flanked by 6 GB of RAM is 128 GB of internal memory. Excellent instead the presence of two stereo speakers he was born in audio jack, as well as of NFC is USB Type C. The battery from 3,200 mAh could struggle to guarantee satisfactory autonomy, while dual rear camera does not seem to be able to compete with the best camera phone today. Android is in Pie version and the bootloader is already unlocked, to support LineageOS and others custom rom – says the company itself.

However, those who decide to buy F (x) tec Pro1 certainly won't do it for the technical sheet, but to revive the tactile and auditory sensations that only a physical sliding keyboard can give, packaged in a suit that can still defend itself in 2019. As mentioned in the opening, the pre-orders are open on the official website of the company, at the price of 649 €. Will you be tempted by a fit of nostalgia?

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