Planet Computers announces 5G slider phone

There’s hope for those longing for a return of the slider phone with a keyboard for touch typing. Planet Computers has announced the Astro Slide 5G Transformer, the first 5G smartphone with a keyboard.

The new smartphone features a revolutionary RockUp slider hinge that transforms the 6.53-inch touchscreen into a mini laptop complete with a tactile backlit keyboard.

Running on Android 10 with a multi-boot option for supporting Linux, the dual 5G and Wi-Fi 6 band Astro Slide 5G Transformer brings back the glory days of the likes of Blackberry.

Powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 1000 chipset with 8 super-fast cores plus advanced GPU and APU processors, it comes with a 48-megapixel rear facing camera and a front camera for video calling.

The Astro Slide 5G Transformer can accommodate two nano SIMs and an eSIM. Built-in are a minimum of 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage with a MicroSD slot for additional storage.

Anothe bit of nostalgia comes in the audio jack which has been missing from many of today’s smartphones. Two USB-C ports provide greater flexibility and  connectivity.

Early birds can get the 5G smartphone from Indiegogo for S$775 but be prepared to wait till March 2021 for this new device to hit the market.