Rob. S. 1,467 Posted February 10, 2021 Share Posted February 10, 2021 (edited) From Update 12 on IndieGogo: Quote Dear Pro1-X backers, Here’s an important update about the Pro1-X and the chipset. At the end of last month we shipped out the first batch of Pro1-X’s to the super early bird backers. They’ve all received their devices and have given us some very useful feedback, which we are taking on board. On the manufacturing side we have an update regarding the chipset for the Pro1-X. The Qualcomm Snapdragon (SD) 835 is now end of life and we were informed last month that it can no longer be purchased from our suppliers, despite having paid for the components back in December when our campaign officially ended. Over the past few weeks, we have had long discussions with our manufacturer and various suppliers to look at the alternative chipsets options and have made the decision to go with the more recent Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 (2020 model). Why the 662? We explored a variety of chipsets from the 2019 and 2020 range and took into consideration; the performance of the SoC, cost of redesign work and the time to integrate into the existing Pro1-X design, as well as longevity in terms of updates because we received numerous comments about the concern for ongoing Android updates with the SD835 chipset. We chose to use the SD662 chipset in the Pro1-X because it is the best performing (on par with SD835 in many areas) and the most recent Qualcomm chipset available to us in terms of cost and the time required to redesign & integrate it into the Pro1-X. Some of you might ask why we didn’t choose the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 or 865 series? The first reason is to save time. Using a 5G chipset would require a complete overhaul of the design which is effectively like designing a completely new phone, putting us back a further 6-9 months. 5G chipsets are integrated with mmWave & sub-6GHz frequency bands which are not compatible with the Pro1/Pro1-X’s antenna. In order to use the 5G chipsets, we would therefore need to completely redesign the whole antenna system, including the structure & placement of all components, as well as further antenna tuning and testing. By choosing the SD662, we only need to redesign the chipset/schematics and so the layout of components and connectors will remain exactly the same. The second reason is cost and availability. Most top end chipsets (typically for the first 12 months of their release), are only made available only to much larger smartphone brands who are able to commit to buying millions of units, and it comes with considerable licencing costs, making it out of reach to companies like ours. The SD662 is a more up-to-date chipset from 2020 that iii will be supported for years to come. List of benefits of 662 in the Pro1-X? With the Qualcomm 662 chipset, your device will receive official security support for longer and will have the latest security updates beyond 2023 Pre-installed with Android 11 (for those that choose Android OS) The architecture of the 662 chipset requires less power consumption, which should improve battery life. Wi-Fi calling with call continuity between LTE and Wi-Fi WiFi 6 ready, integrated with Bluetooth 5 which is more up to date than previously, WPA3 Security, and digital FM Bluetooth 5.1 provides improvement in power performance from previous generation Support for recent generation of larger camera sensors We do expect a slightly reduced level of performance with the SD662 and we’ll share the real world benchmarks once we have prototypes ready (see timeline below). The slight sacrifice in performance is offset by gaining more efficient power consumption, longevity in security updates, newer connectivity options and support for newer and better camera sensors. For more information about the 662 chipset and the key features, you can find out more here: https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon-662-mobile-platform. Progress and the next steps: A new contract has just been finalised with our manufacturing partners & suppliers in China. We have already started the initial design work of SD 662. The upgrade will involve re-designing the PCBA so that we can change the SoC. The processes involved in changing the chipset will put our original estimated shipping date back by 4-6 months: The 662 chipset requires a redesigned motherboard and testing. We are still working out if new certifications are needed as well Ubuntu Touch OS & Lineage OS development will need to be revised for the new 662 chipset. We expect the pandemic will also cause some delays as it has put a lot of pressure on our production and shipping capabilities. The new estimated shipping date will be August 2021. Other technical points: We have been working with other OS community porters to ensure alternative OS’s will be available & have already made significant progress with some of the ports based on Android 10. We are upgrading the camera module to the latest 48MP Sony IMX586 Sensor to take advantage of the Snapdragon 662’s support for larger camera sensors.. Cellular band TD-SCDMA is no longer available because it can only be used on China Mobile & they have recently shut their network tower down. We will provide further updates at the beginning of each month with how we’re progressing with these changes with some adhoc updates along the way. The Indiegogo campaign will also be updated shortly with the new Pro1-X specs, and a revised timeline for manufacturing and shipping. We hope you understand the reasons that we have decided to go ahead with this change. If you have any questions regarding the update, please get in touch with our support team ([email protected]), who will be happy to discuss this further. Team F(x)tec A similar note went out to those who are still waiting on their Pro1 (non-X) phones. Their orders, so it says, will all be changed to a Pro1-X and be prioritised before the IndieGogo Pro1 X orders. Edited February 10, 2021 by Rob. S. 1 2 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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