Planet Computers launches world’s first 5G smartphone with backlit keyboard

Planet Computers will be launching the world’s first 5G smartphone with a full backlit keyboard – Astro Slide 5G – at ShowStoppers 2022.

Astro Slide is the first Planet Computers device to feature the large touchscreen display on the outside of the device, using Planet’s new patented RockUp™ slider hinge to transform between a 5G smartphone and a powerful palmtop computer. The RockUp™ mechanism securely moves and tilts the 6.39” AMOLED touchscreen to reveal Planet’s signature backlit keyboard. When not in use, the keyboard is hidden under the scratch-resistant display yet is easily accessible with a simple push of a thumb. The device will be available in 24 different keyboard layouts.

Astro Slide currently runs the Android 11 operating system and offers multi-boot functionality for other operating systems in the future, including Linux. It is also Planet’s first 5G device and is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800 chipset, offering fast 5G performance with significantly reduced power consumption – enabling Astro’s large battery to power a user through an entire day of work and play.

Astro Slide offers dual nano SIM card and eSIM mobile connectivity. It features a 48-megapixel Sony rear-facing camera sensor as well as a 13-megapixel front camera for video calling. Other features of Astro Slide include fingerprint sensor, wireless charging, and more.

Astro Slide will be priced at £799 and will be available to pre-order on the Planet Store.