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Planet Computers Launches Smartphone Featuring Keyboard

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.

Planet Computers Launches Smartphone Featuring Keyboard

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.

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