Astro Slide 5G
Astro Slide 5G

If you’re a keyboard addict and would still prefer to use a physical qwerty keyboard smartphone in 2020, then, the Astro Slide 5G phone would be a very good option.

Physical qwerty keyboard phone used to be a thing in the smartphone space, I once used the HTC G1 myself and a Windows slide phone, but as technology advances, manufactures didn’t find a need for a physical keyboard in new generation smartphones, since we can have the keyboard on our phone’s screen while also reducing the weight of smartphones.

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Astro Slide features a 6.53-inch display with no specific ratio or resolution and has slim bezels on the top and bottom. Being a slider phone give the phone two modes, the conventional mode and a desktop mode when the device is used a palmtop-like mode.

Astro Slide 5G
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Astro Slide 5G

To make the device keyboard visible for easy use at night, the company has added backlit functionality. But there’s no front-facing camera.

While Astro Slide runs Android 10 operating system out of the box, it offers multi-boot/dual boot feature for Linux-based mobile OS such as Sailfish or Kali alongside Android.

The device houses a single camera, a 48-megapixel camera mounted on the rearview. However, the camera configuration is unknown. The device promises to deliver an immersive audio experience through its stereo speakers.

Astro Slide 5G
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Astro Slide 5G

The Astro Slide 5G Transformer is powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 1000 5G chipset that supports dual-mode 5G but lacks support for mmWave. It is paired with 6 GB of RAM, 128GB native storage all fueled by a 4,000mAh battery.

Other features include a fingerprint reader, a microSD card slot, pair of USB-C ports, dual nano-SIM slots, e-SIM support, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC and 3.5mm audio jack.

Astro Slide 5G Price And Availability

As of now, Astro Slide 5G Transformer is listed for crowdfunding on Indiegogo. Early-bird buyers can get the device for as low as $544 (approx N200,000). The device is expected to bein shipment in March 2021 and will retail at around $907 (approx N330,000).

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