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Lilbits: Color E Ink, Huawei’s new laptops, more trouble for Huawei, and Linux phones

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. […]

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Crowdfunded Astro Slide 5G smartphone ships in June, has a physical keyboard, and promises Linux support

The Astro Slide is a 5G smartphone with a 6.5 inch display and a physical keyboard that slides out from behind the screen, allowing you to use the phone like a tiny laptop computer. It will ship with Android, but the plan is to also make GNU/Linux distributions including Debian and Ubuntu Touch available for […]

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Planet Computers Astro Slide 5G smartphone coming in June (following a spec change and pandemic-related delay)

Planet Computers has been making smartphones with physical keyboards, unlocked bootloaders and support for Android or Linux software for a few years. I went hands-on with the Gemini PDA at CES 2018 and the Cosmo Communicator at CES 2019. Now the company is getting ready to ship its third phone. Planet Computer introduced the Astro […]

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Cosmo Communicator’s Linux OS gains new cover screen features

The Cosmo Communicator is what you’d get if you crossed a smartphone with a pocket-sized laptop computer. Unfolded it looks like a tiny laptop with a keyboard inspired by the design of the classic Psion Revo PDA. Fold it and you’ve got a smaller cover screen that you can use for phone calls, notifications, or […]

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Planet Computers Astro Slide is a 5G smartphone with a slide-out keyboard (crowdfunding)

All the major smartphone makers gave up on physical keyboards years ago. But a handful of smaller companies are keeping the dream alive — and the new Astro Slide smartphone from Planet Computers is the third phone from the company that not only has a QWERTY keyboard, but also a laptop-like design. That said, while […]

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Cosmo Communicator can now dual boot Linux and Android (smartphone/handheld PC)

The Cosmo Communicator is a smartphone that looks like a tiny laptop thanks to a design that includes a backlit keyboard that’s just (barely) big enough for touch typing. First unveiled in late 2018, the Cosmo Communicator began shipping to backers of a crowdfunding campaign late last year… but one promised feature was missing at […]

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Hands-on with the Cosmo Communicator smartphone/mini laptop

Planet Computers hopes to ship its second handheld PC/smartphone in June, and the company is showing off some early prototypes at the Consumer Electronics Show. The Cosmo Communicator is basically an updated version of the Gemini PDA that company released last year. Like its predecessor, it’s a clamshell device that you can open to reveal a […]

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Gemini PDA is now shipping to Indiegogo backers (with a few issues)

The Gemini PDA is a handheld computer designed to run Android and Linux, function as a phone, and feature a keyboard inspired by the classic Psion series of palmtops. After running a successful crowdfunding campaign on Indieogogo last year, Planet Computers started showing off the nearly finished product at CES, and the company recently started […]