Last March, Astro Slide, a 5G-powered phone with a full keyboard, launched an Indiegogo campaign, but was delayed in shipping due to the outbreak. On January 15, XDA reported that the Astro Slide will ship in June 2021 and will be available for purchase in September.
Astro Slide is a 5G phone with a full physical keyboard, a MediaTek Dimensity 800 processor, a 6.39-inch 2340×1080 AMOLED screen, 8GB + 128GB storage capacity, a 4000mAh battery, 300g weight, Android 11 pre-installed, and it will support Sailfish OS and several Linux distributions.
Manufacturer Planet Computers says the Astro Slide will have a 13-megapixel front-facing camera, up from 5 megapixels, and an 8-gigabyte memory, up from 6 gigabytes. But MediaTek couldn’t keep up with the capacity, so the processor had to be reduced from the Dimensity 1000 to the Dimensity 800, which meant the device wouldn’t support WiFi 6e.
Astro Slide is still open to crowdfunding for $664.