Planet Computers' latest flagship smartphone is the crowdfunded Astro Slide 5G Transformer.
Astro Slide is the first 5G smartphone with a keyboard and is the fastest 5G device announced to date. The device features a RockUp slider hinge that transforms the 6.53" touchscreen smartphone into a mini laptop, featuring Planet’s tactile backlit keyboard.
Astro Slide can be used for emails, messaging, editing documents, making calls and taking snaps. The device runs runs Android 10 OS with a multi-boot option for supporting Linux. You can run Microsoft Office for Android apps , such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook , as well as Planet’s own PDA software suite including the Agenda calendaring app, Notes app for notetaking and dictation, the Data database app and our email client, Airmail.
Powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 1000 chipset with 8 cores plus advanced GPU and APU processors, it offers twice the performance of other 5G chipsets with significantly reduced power consumption, achieving download speeds of up to 4.7 Gb/s with dual 5G modems.
Astro Slide also features Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth, BLE Audio and NFC communications and wireless charging. Astro has a 48-megapixel rear facing camera as well as a front camera for video calling.
- A newly-designed integrated physical backlit keyboard
A 6.53" touchscreen display
- A 48MP rear camera
- minimum 6GB of RAM and 128GB of Flash storage
- Fingerprint sensor and smart toggle button for security and control
- NFC for payment
Other features of Astro Slide include:
- Fingerprint sensor
- 2x Nano SIMs and 1x eSIM
- Minimum 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal memory
- a MicroSD slot for additional storage
- 2 USB-C ports and an audio jack
|Astro Slide (Initial Specification)|
WiFi 6 (2 x 802.11ax)
Dual 5G World-wide modem
3GPP Rel. 15
|Dual SIM operation||Dual 5G Modem|
|Body:||Form Factor||RockUp™ Slider / Transformer|
|Dimensions||16.4(W) x 7.66cm(D) x 1.5(H)cm|
|SIM||Dual nanoSIM + eSIM chip|
|Display:||Type||Colour FHD+ (20 : 9)|
|Resolution||2340x1080, 395 ppi|
|Protection||Scratch resistant glass|
|Platform:||OS||Android 10 OS , Linux OS compatible|
|Chipset||MediaTek Dimensity 1000, MT6889 Octa-core 5G SoC|
|CPU||4x A77 @ 2.6GHz, 256KB L2
4x A55 @ 2.0GHz, 128KB L2 2MB L3
|GPU||ARM G77 9-Core
Manhattan 3.0: 120fps
|APU||3rd Generation, 6-Core
Total 4.5 TOPS
6GB - Ultra-fast 4-channel LPDD4x
|Camera:||Rear Camera||48MP + Flash|
|Microphone||Integrated ambient Microphone|
|Comms:||WLAN||Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||v5.1, BLE Audio|
|GPS||AGPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo
Band L1 + L5 GNSS
|NFC||Yes, including payment|
|USB||2x USB Type C, OTG support, Display Port support (via adapter cable)|
Mechanical full keyboard
Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dvorak, Finnish / Swedish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian / Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swiss, Thai, English UK, English US
|Wireless charging + Fast charging|
|Accelerometer, compass, light sensor, gyro, magneto-sensor|
|Fingerprint sensor on display surface
Volume up / down, On / Lock button
|Battery:||Li-Ion 4000mAh battery (approx.)|
|Misc:||Colour||Black with silver keyboard edge|
Planet Computers aims to raise $200,000 through a crowd funding campaign. Funds raised will go directly to funding the final design phases, manufacturing of the units ordered through the crowd fund, and development of the Android 10 and Linux boot firmware.
The Astro Slide launched today for an early-bird starting price of $491, with shipping estimated for March of 2021.