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  1. So, it appears that I was able to repair my Pro1-X's radios. Previously, telephony and mobile data wouldn't work for me, as documented earlier in this thread. WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS had always worked perfectly. It turned out that my Pro1X was missing most of its "antenna" connector springs. My main antenna (aka. USB) board was missing two of its three connectors, and the last one broke off while I was diagnosing the problem. See picture attached. It appears these things are really fragile. Also my "diversity" antenna board was missing one connector, which I found rattling in a
    12 points
  2. So I ended up building my own phone. Backstory: A few of you know me for my hardware modding adventures. I've replaced the broken USB port with a new port. I've then removed the fingerprint sensor to replace it with a secondary USB port for a more comfortable landscape mode. I filed away some parts of the display mount to make it more durable and I was about to replace the battery while reusing the old BMS. I did all of that to make my Pro1 work as I wouldn't want to live without a keyboard phone. Sadly, the issues didn't stop. The camera quality is bad, it's horr
    11 points
  3. fxtec-qx1050:~$ kmscube Using display 0xffffaf300560 with EGL version 1.5 =================================== EGL information: version: "1.5" vendor: "Mesa Project" client extensions: "EGL_EXT_client_extensions EGL_EXT_device_base EGL_EXT_device_enumeration EGL_EXT_device_query EGL_EXT_platform_base EGL_KHR_client_get_all_proc_addresses EGL_KHR_debug EGL_EXT_platform_device EGL_EXT_explicit_device EGL_EXT_platform_wayland EGL_KHR_platform_wayland EGL_EXT_platform_x11 EGL_KHR_platform_x11 EGL_EXT_platform_xcb EGL_MESA_platform_gbm EGL_KHR_platform_gbm EGL_MESA_platform_surfaceless" disp
    10 points
  4. In a casual conversation in Discord today, while helping someone with a battery problem, Casey provided some information on the shipping situation. Hopefully that means there will be an update soon, I'll quote Casey so as to not misrepresent. After verifying that the photo in the last update was a new photo, he was asked if the units had been tested for battery problems. He said: I am just quoting from Discord. I can't answer clarification questions. I just thought this information would be nice for folks over here who don't go to Discord. As I said, maybe this means there
    9 points
  5. Make your displays last longer I've recently ordered a bunch of those 'b-ware' displays and out of seven, two were in good condition and one is usable (~20€ each). That's okayish since there are no good displays to order anymore. As the displays are so scarce nowadays and they never caused touchscreen problems when assembled in the original phones (Elephone U Pro), I've looked more into the touchscreen issues. I've inspected the frame and searched for a point of failure. And I think I found one. Using one of the broken displays in my order (big black dots over the display) I found o
    9 points
  6. My Primary use of a phone is SMS, and the secondary email, and the third web-browsing. All of which benefits from a keyboard in the right direction. But I certainly agree that many many app-developers are too sloppy (or too incompetent?) to bother about landscape. And this even goes for the most basic stuff from Google like Settings or their Android Market app. But until my eyes move to be in parallel with my spine, I'll prefer landscape....
    8 points
  7. ...I must admit I had given up all hope. and "3/4" sounds a lot better than what I had feared.
    7 points
  8. That is a very mild wording. They got swindled. They paid and the company neither delivered the chips nor their money back. And as this was the company that had most of the blueprints of the Pro1, it meant that FxTec had to start over. They could have just folded after that, and said that our money was lost, but idealists as they are, they tried to recreate a new phone in the same form factor from the money left. Actually they deserve praise for attempting that. For the Pro1, Chen was very often in China to get things going as planned, as "remote" does not work well with China,
    7 points
  9. Overall I think this is a quite good analysis. That they managed to grow the (SD835) Pro1 from the ash of the Livermorium project almost seems like a miracle from today's perspective. The original Pro1 was indeed far from perfect. It had its QA issues, and also some design flaws. But overall, as you can tell from the numbers of Pro1s vs. Pro1-Xs offered on the aftermarket, those who have one tend to cling to their Pro1 to this date. It will remain the best (last?) keyboard slider for some time to come. Despite owning also a Pro1-X (admittedly through Expansis' grey-marketing 😳), I recentl
    7 points
  10. My prototype is starting to look promising. Here is a video how the sliding works. I have added magnets for the closed position since filming. I like how it works now even so it not anything like Pro1. https://youtube.com/shorts/1MKx5WJQYBY?si=EVlCHOW1qPO22pJX I flipped the left side sliding mechanism so it is more durable. For the right side I had to use narrower mechanism so I could not fit circle magnets to the upper part. I used magnetic stripe/tape instead. It is not as strong but good enough. Now I am thinking if I can identify keyboard position (closed or not) with NFC. Y
    7 points
  11. Drum roll, please.....🥁 Meet Peaseley (one of my daughters named him). Last photo is my original Pro1 next to the stack of new batteries. Looks like a match.🔋
    7 points
  12. Since fxtec has decided to no longer provide updates, I took the liberty of producing an update on their behalf: Disclaimer: this is a joke for those those who can't read in comic sans...
    7 points
  13. Soo i can confirm, that display pulled from pro1 is fully working on pro1X...no margins no problems 🙂
    7 points
  14. No, I think you got me wrong. No offence but, like many, you do not seem to understand what "Linux" really is. Do not worry, you are not alone in this. Especially people with many years of experience in running Linux on x86/64 servers or workstations often make wrong assumptions when it comes to embedded systems, like phones. Android does use a real Linux kernel, and thus is a true Linux system. You can grab its kernel source from kernel.org, configure it to you liking and create your own custom ROMs based on it. The only limitation is that you practically can only run the single major ke
    7 points
  15. It's hard to say whether these antenna connectors were broken when shipped, or due to disassembly on your part. Have you've heard the antenna rattle inside the phone when you first received it? Would that be the reason why you took apart your device to check? The antenna springs are indeed fragile. Not like other devices we see in the market, they normally have antenna pins pointing upwards, not sideways that contacts the frame. This can be especially seen in devices that have metal enclosures. The antenna springs on the Pro1-X are surface mounted via SMT, and the glue is to fix it in
    7 points
  16. I went to Hong Kong for that specific reason, is to coordinate with the warehouse and shipping partner and make sure our stock arrived safely. I understand your concerns about us being silent for the past months, there just wasn't much to tell everyone. Though, now I'm pretty confident we'll get devices shipped out asap. At the moment, our shipping partner has finished counting the stock and are awaiting our shipping list - which we're compiling as we speak. I estimate devices should start shipping in the next two weeks in batches.
    7 points
  17. Official Release: https://download.lineageos.org/devices/pro1/builds Changelog: https://download.lineageos.org/devices/pro1/changes First Build: INCLUDED IN LINEAGE-21.0-20240215-NIGHTLY-PRO1-SIGNED.ZIP How-To upgrade v.20 to v.21: https://wiki.lineageos.org/devices/pro1/upgrade/
    6 points
  18. Official Release: https://download.lineageos.org/devices/pro1x/builds Changelog: https://download.lineageos.org/devices/pro1x/changes First Build: INCLUDED IN LINEAGE-21.0-20240215-NIGHTLY-PRO1X-SIGNED.ZIP How-To upgrade v.20 to v.21: https://wiki.lineageos.org/devices/pro1x/upgrade/
    6 points
  19. EDIT: Decided to finally clip this tangent off the Unihertz Slim thread, since I was kind of responsible for the tangent. :D Took me a couple of tries to figure out how "split" works, but I did it. :D I think THIS could turn out to be interesting (keyboard, Android 13, not good for graphic intensive games and video but can otherwise run Android apps and rootable/flashable). I might buy one if it actually becomes available off the shelf, but, no, I am not going to back it on IGG Not encouraging that they are still far from their goal and ordering has slowed down. Now the
    6 points
  20. by FX Technology Apr 23, 2024 • 1:48PM 25 minutes ago Resuming Shipments & Perk Confirmation Dear Backers, First and foremost, we extend our apologies for the delay in updating you. We have been diligently working behind the scenes to move our Pro1 X stock from our previous logistics provider to a new one, ensuring reliable storage and fulfillment of our devices, which we are pleased to announce is now secured. This previous logistics provider took some of our stock without agreement, sold it onwards to th
    6 points
  21. This is my final phone. As mentioned, I've used a fishing line to hold the top part in place. This makes the entire phone much stiffer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUZs2xNawWE Keymapping: Play/Pause = fixed landscape mode Play Next = enable auto rotate Play Previous = toggle flashlight Win (Meta) = ctrl right # = Shift right since I used # key for right shift, we have to find a substitute: Ctrl left + Ö = type text: # Ctrl left + Ä = type text: ' So far, I'm very happy with it and I fully switched from my Pro1 to the self-assembled phone. Slowly
    6 points
  22. @MonCon, Peaseley thanks you for your well wishes. Considering all he's been through, I think he is doing quite well. Here he is post sew-up. As you can see, he has managed to keep his cheerful disposition through it all. He is currently resting, and helping himself to quite a few Easter treats. He's a bit self conscious about it, so no photos of the feasting (yet).
    6 points
  23. Rii 518BT keyboard arrived to today. The quality is better than I expected. The keys do not wobble around but is quite loud when typing compared to Pro1. The feel is very "clicky". Also, the layout will take some time to get used to it. Especially the back key is on weird location. Android automatically manages Scandic layout quite well. Here is first mockup with iPhone 11 Pro case that I had in a drawer. It is too short but I am still waiting couple cases that I ordered earlier for this project. The camera bump of Zenfone 9's gimbal camera causes some trouble so I cannot put the keyboard
    6 points
  24. Thanks to everyone here in the forum and FxTec tech support I have finally a beautiful AND working Pro 1x back in my hands!! There was even a screen protector in the box for me to apply, like a mint on the pillow. Much appreciated! It was at first frustrating to not have a way to test the keyboard without downloading some app. i resisted the prying grip of Google playstore by loading Firefox so that I could ditch chrome. So I could get Gmail and Facebook without using the apps. The keyboard is elegantly designed and nicely backlit. Internet access is good. Having the tilt when the keyboard
    6 points
  25. I have now one pro1X for repair....and i have one old pro1 spare display...i will test it 🙂
    6 points
  26. And if it turned up in time for Xmas you could call it your 'Pro-Ho-Ho-1X'
    6 points
  27. You are right we should not jump to the conclusion but it certinly sounds like a reasonable explanation why it is working for some and not for others. And on this one I wonder what havoc that could make, depending on where it 'lands'?. It does not have to be a 0 to 3.8V short circuit to cause trouble, could be 'anywhere' exposed.
    6 points
  28. I wasn't able to 100% confirm that all units shipped out from the previous warehouse were working. Given the timeframe I had, it was quite impossible to check them one by one... Though, I understand your concerns and will reach out to those who did unfortunately receive a depleted Pro1-X and to offer support whenever we can.
    6 points
  29. Yup I completely understand. I'll make sure we provide updates to everyone even if there's no news.
    6 points
  30. I've moved to a new address between the last update and now. When I saw the most recent update, I sent a e-mail to F(x)tec asking if I could have my shipping address changed. Interestingly, they responded and changed the address very quickly, and I even got a message from Indiegogo that the shipping address on my order was updated. I mention this because I've heard people on IGG claim that they couldn't change their shipping addresses with F(x)tec. The fact that I could do it quickly feels like an indication--albeit a small one--that they genuinely are hopeful things will work out this time.
    6 points
  31. That's an interesting theory. There was a previous theory discussed that the phone isn't able to handle lower frequency bands very well, but it could be that lower frequency bands somehow kick off more band switching. Be nice if there was software that could show you what bands are available to your phone at the moment and allow you to select one (regardless of signal strength) and lock it in as the one for your phone to use. I think that would create better control for testing. I know that my phone, which works, stays locked onto the same high frequency band even though others are availabl
    6 points
  32. About seven months now as my daily driver, straight out of the box the day it arrived. I must be in the lucky 10% to 90%. The hardware is nice and solid, the screen is nice, the keyboard is very nice, it doesn't struggle with any tasks I throw at it, I really like the blue colour. At least in my experience the PrawnX performs very well. I fully get your point. Lots of business models can be based on a subscription model, why not, it's an ongoing relationship. Maybe a donate button on their website. To me they're as good a cause as any other good cause, (or charity :)). I'd see
    6 points
  33. Sort of. ... It is an internally completely new product and not a minor upgrade as planned an advertised. Hence A (also) fell. But SURE they ought to have changed their communication material accordingly IMHO. We can agree that for some, indeed key functionality is not working. On the other hand for others it works fine. We have no idea of neither why it works when it does, nor why when it does not. Not even an idea on the size of the two fractions. IF we could say that it only worked under very special condition THEN I would agree on the claim - but again we do not know. I grew u
    6 points
  34. I was comparing the ports with the naked eye, and had to do some trial and error. I first tried the MI 8 port (this is for a Xiaomi MI 8 phone battery). That didn't seem to fit. Next, I tried the MI 6 port. The bar got in the way, so I flipped it around and when I was trying to figure out if I had gotten it connected, I noticed the charging board LED had lit up, showing voltage!! I grabbed an old USB charger that is limited to 1 amp. This charging board allegedly has an overcurrent protection mechanism where it will shut down if the current goes over 2 amps, but I didn't want t
    6 points
  35. I have no clue where the original thread ended up. I posted a couple of cases I got a while back that are perfect, but y'all didn't want the funky designs and colors. I finally found a black one on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B085B37D84 All you have to do is GENTLY remove the rubber phone holder, use a few pieces of double sided carpet tape (lemme know if you want a link) and mount the phone. Camera hole is perfect, no button interference, and great protection.
    5 points
  36. I have been trying to develop tilting mechanism to my prototype case. The idea is to put a wedge inside the rail for tilting. However, I have still not managed to make it strong enough. Maybe I can figure out how to build a support for the phone so that it will stay stable. Still needs some tinkering...
    5 points
  37. I agree some of your comments but not all. In my opinion, F(x)tec tried hard but failed in the end. Some devices were shipped (like mine, both Pro1 and Pro1-X) but many people will probably never receive their phone. However, it is good to point out that Indiegogo backers are different thing than "real" orders from F(x)tec site. I don't know how many ordered the phone via F(x)tec website and never received the phone. Most likely quite many and that sucks. But if you were a backer via Indiegogo then the risk was always there. I can speak only on my behalf but I have claimed one warranty ca
    5 points
  38. This is so much fun to watch unfold (so to speak). Thanks for keeping the forum posted.
    5 points
  39. For my po1x I got this 2250mah twix deal https://aliexpress.ru/item/1005005043077240.html?sku_id=12000031429438778 short circuited it a few too many times while removing and attaching the boards, and at least once to the phone housing cause I forgot the isolation, but somehow it survived and seems to be working fine. I'm going to torture it with fast charging see how long it lasts for me. Sidenotes: - Bunch of ribbon cables under the battery, I almost destroyed one while prying it off, some real tough glue there. - My bottom speaker always worked intermittently, and especially at
    5 points
  40. Correct battery (without electronic) can be purchased on taobao....but is not simple to order it. https://parcelup.com/shop/item.php?id=664752226102
    5 points
  41. in precisely 1 month i wil commemorate my 3 year order status . it wil be a special day
    5 points
  42. From the stock count in our shipping partner's warehouse, we expect to ship out 700+ units this time. But there are more in the old warehouse which had the battery issue, which I did not do a stock count of. We'll provide specific numbers in our IGG update soon.
    5 points
  43. Thanks for all the extra info. As you now know the count, l would love to know roughly how large a fraction of the waiting that will be served with the recovered devices
    5 points
  44. This was more in "behind the scenes" and picking up the data, including the lawsuit in China. If you buy, order and pay for something, you'd never expect the order to not be delivered, don't you think? And even if not fulfilled, you wouldn't expect to not get the money back, don't you think? They knew the SoC was EOL, that's why they ordered the batch with enough time in advance to make sure the stock existed. They are low on cash but they are not broke at this moment. No longer allowed by EU law. Pro¹-X was supposed to be fully delivered by May 2021. 3 months b
    5 points
  45. Casey, I think that even a "there's sadly no news" kind of update would still have been better than complete silence. I seriously thought F(x)tec had gone belly up. But it's good to hear that!
    5 points
  46. I've been using the Unihertz Titan Pocket since last Thursday, and I do believe I'm sold. The 3.1" screen takes getting used to, but Unihertz has thrown in a bunch of customizations, from display resizing to key remapping. It's perhaps too thick and heavy for its size, but I knew that going in, and the kb itself is very manageable. Fast enough CPU for my needs, long battery life, and good support over at Discord, whose members have found prompt response and delivery of replacement parts from Unihertz. Most gratifying is when you pay for the phone, it's actually delivered. I had not been f
    5 points
  47. so, just to get back to you - i received today my new screen for the Pro1. switching the screens was easy. the new screen works like a breeze, 100% responsive touch surface, OLED fine too, though the included screen protector foil is somewhat useless. let's hope the box will work for another few years till they come out with the Pro2 (hopefully). i still use the original stock Android version. it's just that cursed finger print reader that drives me crazy at times. things otherwise work as expected (camera, phone, signal, Wireguard VPN, Termux). so, ende gut, alles gut ! i may now calml
    5 points
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