F(x)tec Pro1 Shows Up At IFA to Bring Back Slider Phones

fxtech pro 1 slider smartphone

The clamshell design is back with foldable phones so perhaps it’s time to bring slider phones back as well.

That’s what London-based startup F(x)tec is doing at IFA 2019 with the F(x)tec Pro1, a phone whose design is just as complicated as its spelling.

At first glance, the F(x)tec Pro1 is a regular smartphone with a six-inch display. It’s actually a 5.99-inch FHD+ one protected by Gorilla Glass 3 that hides a full landscape keyboard just a slide away.

F(x)tec Pro1 screen

F(x)tec Pro1 runs stock Android but does optimize the launcher and the email app to take advantage of the generous keyboard.

fxtech pro 1 slider smartphone workBeyond the clickety keys, the F(x)tec Pro1 has everything you’d expect from a 2019 and quite a bit more.

It has a Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 128 GB of storage expandable to 2TB using a microSD card and a 3,200 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.

The selfie camera is a single 8 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. On the back, there is a dual setup combining a 12 MP SonyIMX 363 f/1.8 sensor and a 5 MP fixed focus one with f/20 aperture.

It’s worth noting that the F(x)tec Pro1 is Bootloader unlockable and allows you to install another popular OS like Lineage or SailfishOS, if Android 9 Pie isn’t to your liking.


The phone also keeps the headphone jack and sports a fingerprint scanner on the side.

F(x)tec Pro1 is already on sale for £649/$699/€649 and will start shipping in late September or early October.

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