TCL’s short-lived reboot of the BlackBerry model proved that there is nonetheless a marketplace for telephones with bodily keyboards. The Fxtec Pro1 was launched last year as an all-encompassing productiveness station, with a sliding horizontal keyboard and a number of working techniques to select from. Fxtec is now unveiling an upgraded mannequin, which has the excellence of being the primary cellphone to ship with LineageOS.

The brand new Pro1-X mannequin is a slight {hardware} revision, with twice the storage and 2GB extra RAM. Nonetheless, it is nonetheless utilizing the identical Snapdragon 835 chipset, which was already two years old when the Pro1 was first released. It is nonetheless a flagship-class SoC, however one that’s about to be 4 generations outdated, so it stays to be seen if efficiency can be sufficient for a productivity-heavy system just like the Pro1-X.

The primary attraction right here is the slide-out horizontal keyboard, which has the identical 66-key format as the unique Pro1. Because the show has a slight angle when the keyboard is opened, you’ll be able to sit the Pro1-X on a desk or desk and use it like a laptop for ants. There’s even devoted CTRL, ALT, and DEL keys, which may come in useful for shortcuts or distant desktop classes.

Fxtec is transport the Pro1-X with two decisions for the working system: LineageOS, the super popular custom ROM, or Ubuntu Contact. If you happen to go for Ubuntu Contact, you’ll be able to join an exterior monitor, keyboard, and mouse to get a full desktop Linux setting. The software program was in-built cooperation with XDA Developers, therefore the XDA emblem on the again of some fashions.

The Fxtec Pro1-X is out there beginning at the moment on Indiegogo. You may choose one up from the hyperlink beneath.