BBC | The phone-makers bringing buttons back

An Android phone that slides open to reveal a physical qwerty keyboard inside has launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The F(x)tec Pro1 phone also has a bespoke shutter button on the side to click when taking photos.

The London start-up behind it said it wanted to “return the keyboard” to consumers.

Other handsets with keyboards built in, from brands such as BlackBerry Mobile and Swiss firm Punkt, were also on show.

“A lot of consumer tech still has buttons even though the tech is there to get rid of them,” said Adrian Li Mow Ching, founder of F(x)tec.

“Haptic feedback never gives the same satisfaction as pressing a physical button.”

He said that the folding handsets unveiled by phone giants Huawei and Samsung demonstrated that “people want more than the single slab”.

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A Nokia-inspired QWERTY slider in 2019? Meet the F(x)tec Pro 1

Keyboards on phones. They’re a niche a vogue these days from the likes of BlackBerry to Planet Computers. But now, there’s at least one more player that wants to bring the HTC Dream back with a sliding keyboard phone… and a worthwhile experience to go with it.

F(x)tec, a UK-based startup, has spent the past year with private funding to create their Android-powered device, the Pro 1 (or, more accurately, the Pro¹). And it brings back the sliding mechanism that turns it from a full-screen device to one with a five-row, 64-key typing machine with just a simple “clack.”

For full article and coverage click here: https://pocketnow.com/fxtec-pro-1-announcement

F(x)tec Pro 1 – A Slider Phone for QWERTY Keyboard Lovers?

MWC Barcelona 2019 is well underway, and among the big companies such as Samsung, Huawei, LG, and Xiaomi are smaller start-ups. One of those start-ups is the UK-based F(x)tec, a company which intends to bring back well-loved features from the smartphones of old. The F(x)tec Pro 1 is their first device, and it features a sliding QWERTY keyboard inspired by the Nokia E7 and N950. I got to meet the team and get hands-on time with the device to gather my thoughts on it. Meet the F(x)tec Pro 1, a slider phone with a QWERTY keyboard that will launch in July.

Original coverage and article available at: https://www.xda-developers.com/fxtec-pro-1-initial-review/

F(x)tec Unveils New Android Smartphone with Landscape QWERTY Keyboard

New company to deliver premium niche mobile devices, starting with new Pro1  smartphone, that reinvent and refine well-loved technology from the past

BARCELONA – Feb 27, 2019 –  At Mobile World Congress, F(x)tec, a London-based startup dedicated to bringing back and making better well-loved features missing in current mobile phones and related devices, today unveiled its first product, the Pro1, a new premium unlocked Android smartphone with a sliding and angled landscape QWERTY keyboard.

Focusing on consumers who both desire and share a passion for a refined smartphone experience, the privately funded company is developing products for individuals who miss mobile phone technology from the past and now relish the opportunity to re-engage with and enjoy features that never had the opportunity to reach their full potential.

At F(x)tec, our vision of the ideal smartphone blends a modern handset with the very best features and technology we loved and miss, to create a perfectly balanced package that is delightful, functional, and unique. Our goal is to be the best at bringing back our favourite technology, making it better in a more modern way – that’s technology refined. ” said Adrian Li Mow Ching, founder and director, F(x)tec.

Performance and Productivity

The Pro1 is equipped with a landscape QWERTY keyboard with five staggered rows and a sliding mechanism inspired by the classic Nokia E7 and N950. The slider tilts the screen to a 155 degree angle for optimal viewing. Thanks to a unique and innovative key design, the keyboard provides responsive, tactile feedback with each keystroke.

To complement the premium look and feel, the Pro1 is as productive as it is sleek. The phone features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, a rear dual camera system with Sony’s IMX363, a small-bezel notch-less AMOLED screen with curved edges, stereo speakers, dual SIMs, and bespoke landscape-optimized UI, email, and calendar apps that take full advantage of the landscape QWERTY keyboard.

Full specifications for the Pro1 can be found here.

Pricing and Availability

The Pro1 will retail for around US$649 / £649 / €649 and is now available for pre-order worldwide at www.fxtec.com. Units will ship July 2019.

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About F(x)tec

Established in London in 2018, F(x)tec is led by an experienced team of mobile device, telecommunications, and retail entrepreneurs and visionaries. Privately funded, the company is committed to developing and refining mobile phones and related devices that enhance user experience, improve productivity and help users achieve more from their technology. For more information, visit www.fxtec.com

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