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With Lineage OS: XDA Developers bring "their own" smartphone

Last updated on March 9, 2021

The Pro1-X comes with a preinstalled Lineage OS and has a slide-out keyboard. Basically, it's just a re-labeled Pro1 from FX Tec.

The Pro1-X from XDA Developers (Image: XDA Developers)

The operators of the developer community XDA Developers have released their own smartphone. The Pro1-X claims to be the first smartphone to be launched on the market with the alternative Android ROM Lineage OS.

The Pro1-X, however, is not really a smartphone developed by XDA Developers. The device is identical to the Pro1 from FX Tec presented at Ifa 2019, but there is also a version with 8 instead of 6 GB of RAM and 256 instead of 128 GB of flash memory. The smartphone is also blue. The rest of the hardware is identical to the original device, which is also compatible with Lineage OS and other operating systems.

The Pro1-X also has a slide-out keyboard with physical buttons that made a good impression in the hands-on of the original Pro1. The typing experience was good, the slider construction seemed stable and reliable to us. The AMOLED display of the Pro1-X is 6 inches and has a resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 pixels.

SoC from 2016

Inside the Pro1-X is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, a SoC from 2016. In terms of performance, this should still be more than sufficient in everyday use. The smartphone can be used with two SIM cards, has a fingerprint sensor and a camera key.

The Pro1-X from XDA Developers is a Pro1 from FX Tec with optionally a little more memory. (Image: XDA Developers)

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The front camera has 8 megapixels, a dual camera is built into the back. This consists of a main camera with 12 megapixels and a depth camera with 5 megapixels. The battery has a nominal charge of 3,200 mAh and can be charged quickly.

XDA Developers are not selling the Pro1-X in regular stores, but for the time being via the crowdfunding website Indiegogo; the project has already been financed there. Via the link in the blog post, the smartphone can be secured with 8 GB of RAM for 640 US dollars plus shipping costs, but this offer is limited in number. Further purchase options are currently available at 650 euros for the 6 GB version and 720 euros for the 8 GB version.

In the later sale, the Pro1-X will cost 900 euros. The original Pro1 from FX Tec is currently available on the manufacturer's website for 720 euros.

The project is not very well received by the XDA Developers community, as can be seen from the comments on the blog post. The users accuse the team of simply relabeling an old smartphone and marketing it as a separate device.

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