The Astro Slide – A modern phone with a full-size mechanical keyboard

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The Android 11 Astro Slide phone’s screen slides up (hence the name) to reveal a full-sized keyboard in a form factor similar to a very small laptop.

Full specs for the device can be found on Planet’s website, but we’re including a summary below.

Planet had previously brought us the Cosmo Communicator and Gemini – both supporting 4G plus WiFi and had a clam-shell style arrangement for accessing the keyboard – this of course meant no screen visible when the device was closed.

The Astro Slide fixes all of that and also includes an update to 5G. Originally available as an Indegogo project, the Astro Slide is now available for direct purchase.

In summary, we have a dual-SIM 5G device running Android 11 with the promise of Sailfish, Debian and Kali Linux support. The Astro Slide has 2 USB-C ports and has two SIM cards and an additional microSD card, it also supports eSIM. It’s the perfect solution for those who want the portability of a pocket-sized device with the power and flexibility of a (budget) laptop, assuming they’re happy with a larger device that’s probably two times the thickness of their existing phone.






The device is currently available for pre-order on the website for AU$1,348, although this is likely just an exchange rate calculation based on the UK price and very likely to vary. .

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We approached Planet for a review unit, but in the meantime here are the specs:

Network

  • Mobile modem: Double 5G + 4G in the world
  • Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 5 (2T2R) 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

To display

  • Type: 6.39″ FHD+ AMOLED (13:6)
  • Resolution: 2340 x 1080, 403 dpi
  • Multi Touch: Yes
  • Protection: scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass

Platform

  • Operating System: Currently supports the Android operating system with planned support for Sailfish, Linux Debian, and Linux Kali.
  • Chipset: MediaTek Dimension 800

Memory

  • RAM: 8 GB, Flash: 128 GB, card slot: microSD

Ring

  • Stereo speakers, ambient noise canceling microphones, 3.5mm audio jack

Communications

  • Bluetooth v5.1, GPS with AGPS, 2x USB Type-C, OTG support, NFC

SIM

Body

  • Form factor: external screen slider with full mechanical keyboard
  • Dimensions: 172.4 x 76.5 x 18.7mm, weight: 325g

Battery

Cameras

  • 48MP external (Sony sensor), 13MP internal

smart button

  • User-programmable – configured to open applications or perform system functions.

Others

  • Accelerometer, light sensor, gyroscope, magnetic sensor
  • Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Wireless Charging: Qi (10W)

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