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XDA-Developers launches its own cell phone, a terminal that was created by and for … experts?


The largest community of Android users has created their own smartphone. And of course the controversy is served.

Last updated on October 28, 2020 at 10:09 am

About four years ago, the famous XDA developer portal played a joke on the world by announcing the arrival of its own Android smartphone, a fictional device that was “Created” on the occasion of the First of April.

But sometimes, Fiction becomes reality.

And that’s mid-2020 XDA has finally launched its first smartphone. Really this time.

It’s about Pro1-X smartphone, a device that was started by crowdfunding and that I fear will leave no one indifferent.

So does the Pro1-X, the first smartphone from XDA

The first mobile phone from XDA developers with a physical QWERTY keyboard.

It’s not really about that a smartphone built from scratch by XDAand so the portal makes itself clear in its display.

It is an updated version of the Fxtec Pro1, a terminal launched in 2019, the main distinctive feature of which was the fact that have a physical pull-out QWERTY keyboard.

And it is precisely these special features that make the XDA mobile phone something special: It is one of the few terminals on the market that still has a physical keyboard, for those who still can’t support typing on virtual keyboards.

But that’s not all. The Pro1-X is also the only mobile phone on the market where the buyer can choose between three different operating systems.

And it’s upholding the philosophy of the largest platform from chop XDA offers the option of pre-loading Android, Ubuntu Touch or LineageOS in your terminal.

In addition, they state that they are looking into the possibility of offering the phone with other additional operating systems.

2017 specs and priced at $ 900

XDA smartphone screen

The front of the first XDA Developers smartphone.

But I’m scared that’s where the list of special things from the XDA terminalTake a look at them Telephone datasheet realizing that this is a cell phone far from meeting the needs of the most advanced or experienced users.

The ones on which this terminal is theoretically oriented.

Starting from within, we find one Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. ONE SoC from 2017, which at the time brought models like the Google Pixel 2 to life but have long since ceased to be used by businesses, mainly due to the lack of support from Qualcomm.

Additionally, the battery seems to be a little tight with a capacity of just 3,200 mAh, considering it has to breathe life into a chip that isn’t as efficient as the current ones, and one 5.99 inch AMOLED screen with full HD resolution.

The other technical details to be taken into account are a 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage, as well as two 12 and 5 megapixel rear view cameras.

Back of the XDA cellphone

The back of the XDA cell phone in blue.

Although it can more controversial All is its price. The terminal will be offered for sale once the financing targets have been met Price of $ 899A number that puts it on par with or even above some of the best high-end phones of 2020, like the OnePlus 8T, the Samsung Galaxy S20 or the Xiaomi Mi 10.

All with properties that are far superior to those of the XDA terminal.

It is true that the Pro1-X plays with the trump card of flexibility in terms of software and with the fact that it has one of the largest platforms for developers and advanced users behind it.

The reality, however, is that any mobile phone whose signature is more or less “open” to the ability to unlock the bootloader and install third-party ROMs can offer a much more complete experience than that of this Pro1-X.

Anyway, today it already has reached the target of 63,584 eurosand it is possible to get the device at a special price from 542 euros Limited time.

The first deliveries are to begin in March next year.