Planet Computers is proceeding with building very distinctive physical keyboard smartphones with the launch of its newest flagship, the crowdfunded Astro Slide. It’s a smartphone with surprisingly robust specs; however, the vital trick is that it can be utilized either as a standard 6.53-inch touchscreen smartphone or as a PDA, because of the “RockUp” slide hinge mechanism.
The hinges allow users to slide the display off of the keyboard, then flip it up so users can use it like a mini-laptop. A full physical QWERTY keyboard is also provided to messages or do productivity chores. Once finished, users can again slide the display and answer calls. That differs from the Cosmo Communicator, a hinge-only clamshell phone with a small rear display that lets users answer calls with the case closed.
It also features Android 10 and will have dual-boot Linux capability down the street. Inside, there’s a MediaTek Dimensity 1000 chipset with integrated 5G with “twice the performance of other 5G chipsets with considerably reduced power consumption,” the corporate stated. It further gives a 48-megapixel rear camera, a front selfie camera, 6GB of RAM, an eSIM slot and 128GB of storage expandable through a MicroSD slot.