… and it’s the world’s first phone to run LineageOS out of the box!
There have been many rumors and running jokes over the years that XDA would, and probably should, make a phone. Our history with alternative platforms such as LineageOS (and CyanogenMod that came before it) has meant that XDA has been at the forefront of helping develop viable alternatives to the primary platforms available on smartphones.
Today, we’re super excited to announce that we’ve finally done it – we’ve made a phone. Earlier this year, we partnered with F(x)tec to discuss how we can bring an alternative platform to a wider audience. The F(x)tec Pro1-X does just this: it’s the world’s first phone to run LineageOS out of the box, and you can also get a version running Ubuntu Touch OS.
Here are all the details:
A choice over software
CyanogenMod – the spiritual ancestor to LineageOS – began in the XDA community, and since then, we’ve helped to maintain, develop, and expand the devices that LineageOS supports. It’s safe to say that the history of LineageOS and XDA are inexorably linked and we’re excited to launch the first phone running LineageOS out of the box.
The main reason we created the Pro1-X was to offer our users a choice. Every phone launched either runs Android or iOS, and even the best Android phones require rooting to be able to truly customize the experience.
Now, there’s more than just two options: the Pro1-X doesn’t only run LineageOS; there are also variants available running Ubuntu Touch OS and Android, and we’re actively exploring other platforms.
The Pro1-X might look familiar to you; we took the popular F(x)tec Pro1 that was launched last year and made a few key tweaks. The RAM and storage have both been increased – from 6GB and 128GB to 8GB and 256GB respectively – and the Pro1-X comes in this new Discovery Blue color that looks fantastic!
Beyond that, many of the Pro1 specs have remained the same. There’s a 66-key full QWERTY keyboard that slides out from beneath the display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, Dual SIM support, a fingerprint scanner, a dedicated camera button, USB-C, and HDMI out, and far more. There’s also an 8MP front camera, a 12MP primary camera, and a 5MP secondary camera.
Why we created the Pro1-X
For years, we’ve teased that we’re planning to create a phone. So why did we finally do it? This year especially, privacy has become more important than ever before, and LineageOS is known…