The upcoming Astro Slide 5G from Planet Computers is a smartphone with a 6.5 inch touchscreen display and a slide-out keyboard that lets you use it like a little laptop. First announced last year, the phone has been available for pre-order through crowdfunding and we learned last week that it’s now expected to ship in June.

We also learned that it’ll also have a less powerful processor than anticipated, but the folks at Planet Computer reached out this morning to let me know that the phone will at least have a 4,000 mAh battery rather than the downgraded 3,500 mAh battery. The company also provided Liliputing with some of the first images showing the phone running a pre-release version of Ubuntu Touch for the Astro Slide 5G.

The phone will most likely ship with Android, but Planet Computers hopes to work with developers at UBPorts to offer a full version of Ubuntu Touch for download later this year.

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4 replies on “Lilbits: Color E Ink, Huawei’s new laptops, more trouble for Huawei, and Linux phones”

    1. I keep making that mistake. Mea culpa, but seriously, who chooses a name for their product that’s so close to another product that you probably (maybe?) don’t want to associate with?

      1. it was genuinely good for a needed laugh, so no complaints. “man, this new phone is slick!”

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