7/10
Informr score
The F(x)tec Pro1 currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 7 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Unique Design
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Respectable specs

What's bad

  • Expensive
  • Chunky size

Despite the awkward name, the F(x)Tec Pro 1 has all the nostalgia of yesteryear’s slider phones. This could be an excellent option for those who miss having a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Design

This phone brings all the nostalgia of some of the earliest mainstream mobile phones. It has everything a good smartphone has plus a slide-out keyboard. Reviewers felt the aluminum chassis has a nice weight and is not hugely different from your typical smartphone except for being a bit thicker.

Display

The F(x)Tec Pro has a 6-inch, Full HD+ AMOLED screen. It is not the sharpest looking screen but still has more pixels per inch than many mid-tier competitors. Reviewers were satisfied with the brightness.

TechRadar said, “It looks bright and vibrant enough from our limited testing time, and it looks much like what you'd expect on a modern smartphone.”

Performance

While the phone offers more than enough performance for common daily tasks, some reviewers said the phone lacks power for its price. We wouldn’t recommend heavy gaming or multitasking with the F(x)Tec Pro 1

Trusted Reviews says, “Hardly the power you’d expect from a [higher priced phone] in 2019, but enough to get the job done.”

Software & Storage

It is a little behind its time, using Android 9 instead of 10, but reviewers expect that it will get an upgrade in the future. It does not, however, lack in storage space with 128GB ready to go and microSD expansion support.

Digital Trends remarks, “Android Pie is mostly unchanged, but the F(x)tec team made some quality of life improvements to make the software work better with a keyboard.”

Cameras

The F(x)Tec Pro comes with a 12MP camera set up on the back and an 8MP fixed focus front-facing camera for selfies. The cameras performed average in good lighting. In weaker lighting reviews considered the results below average when compared to what smartphones can do these days. It does offer a few different modes options like Night, landscape, and Pro.

Battery Life

Battery life is one way the F(x)Tec excelled. Reviewers found its fairly large battery is capable of an entire day (or more) without needing a charge. When the inevitable did happen, it comes with a fast charge option that fills the battery within an hour and a half.

Audio

There was no mention of audio being good or poor except that it had good call quality. There’s also a headphone jack for those who like private listening.

Specs at a Glance

  • Aluminum Chassis
  • 6-in AMOLED HD+ Display
  • Octa-core 2.45 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • Android 9 Pie
  • 128GB of storage with microSD slot expansion
  • 12MP Camera, 8MP front-facing
  • 3200 mAh Battery
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard

Bottom Line

The F(x)Tec Pro 1 brings all the nostalgia with its slide-out QWERTY keyboard. While it doesn’t come with state-of-the-art specs, there’s a lot to be said for a unique design among the slew of similar smartphones on the market right now.

Android Authority said, “The F(x)Tec Pro 1 features a full-sized screen and a physical keyboard that hides behind the screen when not in use. When opened and set on a table, it resembles a mini laptop and is meant for those seeking to be productive.”

Stuff says, “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.”

TechRadar states, “If you're desperate for a keyboard on a smartphone, your choices in [2020] are limited and the F(x)tec Pro1 already looks like it will be one of the better options for you.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.45 GHz
Screen Size
5.99"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


MobileTechTalk

This device is more concept than prime time in my opinion and those requiring more productivity functionality from their device would do well to look at ultra-portable peripherals. Should a physical keyboard be required, even with the reduced screen real estate, I couldn’t recommend this over the Bl...

- Craig Bradshaw, MobileTechTalk
Android Authority

Fxtec had a good vision for the Pro1 — add a physical QWERTY keyboard to a modern Android smartphone — but the execution simply isn't there. The lack of refinement and everyday usability compromises any benefit achieved via the keyboard.

- Eric Zeman, Android Authority
TechRadar

There's a particular market for a phone with a physical keyboard, and with its slide-out design the Pro1 is trying to offer it in a fairly unique way that we've not seen recently. The raw spec of the phone isn't going to blow you away, and for that reason alone some may consider it highly priced, bu...

- James Peckham, TechRadar
Stuff

While the Pro1 doesn't quite cost top-tier flagship buck, you can still pick up more powerful phones for less - a prime example being the excellent Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro. That said, if you long for a physical QWERTY keyboard that feels robust, there's no real competition out now.

- Basil Kronfli, Stuff
TechnoBuffalo

When you consider the $649 price tag, we might have expected to see better specs, but the processor should still deliver the performance you'd expect from a niche flagship product. Ultimately, F(x)tec know one thing for certain – they are offering something that's not available anywhere else. There...

- Nirave Gondhia, TechnoBuffalo


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Screen Size
5.99"

The F(x)tec Pro1's screen size is 5.99 inches with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.45 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 Octa-core 2.45 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3200 mAh battery. F(x)tec's performance ratings are 600 minutes.

F(x)tec Pro1 Specs

Overview
Release date October 31, 2019
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
LTE:
700/800/850/900 /1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 Octa-core 2.45 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Years
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3200 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 600 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 20 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.4 x 7.36 x 1.398 cm (6.1 x 2.9 x 0.6 in)
Weight Unknown
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Pixel density 403 pixels
Size 5.99 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type D-pad, Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard Yes
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Unknown
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (5 MP, F2.0)
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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