Planet Computers is launching a crowdfunding project for its next-generation Cosmo Communicator – a smart mobile device with a QWERTY keyboard, intended to serve as a pocketable computer and also a smartphone.
The new 4G device is a follow up to the company’s Gemini PDA which also could serve as a phone if you really wanted, but it is ultimately a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) first and foremost. “The success of the Gemini PDA in 2017 showed us the demand for a personal digital assistant remains strong,” says Dr. Janko Mrsic-Flogel, CEO of Planet Computers. “To extend our handset range, we asked our users what features they wanted to have and we listened; the result is Cosmo.”
Keenly aware of that limitation, Planet Computers added numerous new features in Cosmo; it includes a back-lit keyboard; fingerprint sensor; 24-megapixel camera and a secondary screen to check your notifications or take phone calls without opening the device.
The outside of the device now includes a 2-inch secondary screen, a 24-megapixel camera, and a two-orientation microphone and speaker combo. Cosmo will use the recently-announced MediaTek P70 8-core processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage, plus the familiar 4,220mAh battery that lasts up to two days.
The device also features dedicated voice assist controls, dual 4G SIM capability (physical and eSIM), two USB-C ports, and an advanced ARM Mali G72 graphics processor. While Cosmo is made compatible with older Linux-based platforms like Sailfish and Debian, it will run Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.