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MediaTek doesn't release any open source code. So custom roms like Lineage etc. are very difficult to make. So you are stuck with stock. And further, given that it's all closed source Chinese code, I'

>MediaTek fucking DROPPED No possibility to boot Maemo-Leste, no buy.

On the other hand, I'm happy someone finally made a keyboard slider for someone with big hands and thumbs like me.  I hated my work issued BBs-- I could never type on them, I also remember rejecting t

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20 minutes ago, EskeRahn said:

Note also the substantially increased length and thickness - while decreasing the display

Maybe that is the difference between an initial design and a real product...
(They may were a bit behind than what they showed initially.)

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3 hours ago, VaZso said:

Maybe that is the difference between an initial design and a real product...

With a little luck the extra thickness is used to improve and strengthen the slider mechanism from the initial ones we saw, that was rather unimpressive.

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11 minutes ago, EskeRahn said:

With a little luck the extra thickness is used to improve and strengthen the slider mechanism from the initial ones we saw, that was rather unimpressive.

Yeah would hope so.  As I can't see a reason otherwise for it.  I suspect the battery size is due to the slider mechanism not leaving room for something bigger.

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By the way, note that they have removed the change matrix and revised their "story" to reflect the current specs with no notation of there being a change.  I understand, but some transparency would have been nice. (This was pointed out by someone else of Discord before I saw it, so I am just echoing my agreement here  😉 )

Be interesting to see what they reveal in their "first look" event Tuesday.

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1 hour ago, Hook said:

By the way, note that they have removed the change matrix and revised their "story" to reflect the current specs with no notation of there being a change.  I understand, but some transparency would have been nice. (This was pointed out by someone else of Discord before I saw it, so I am just echoing my agreement here  😉 )

Be interesting to see what they reveal in their "first look" event Tuesday.

See what you mean!  "Astro Slide (Initial Specification)" now lists the 800 not 1000 😄

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2 hours ago, Hook said:

note that they have removed the change matrix and revised their "story"

In all fairness, it is available in the updates stamped "Jan 11, 2021 • 2:58PM"

 

....So if we should be kind, we could say they just forgot to adjust the column header from "initial" to "preliminary"... 😇

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18 minutes ago, EskeRahn said:

In all fairness, it is available in the updates stamped "Jan 11, 2021 • 2:58PM"

 

....So if we should be kind, we could say they just forgot to adjust the column header from "initial" to "preliminary"... 😇

I guess.... lol

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I was invested in the Astro but after their recent updates I pulled out, got a refund, and ordered a Pro1.  I watched their 2 hours worth of video updates and Q&A and really didn't like their attitude.  I love the openness of Fxtec.  Ubuntu Touch?  Ok!  Lineage?  Ok! Do what you want!  Planet Computers offers one flavor of Linux or Android.  FU to the rest.  They wouldn't commit to Sailfish or anything.  They were so wrapped up that they upped the RAM 2GB.  There were so many other downgrades though.  I couldn't stomach it.

Can't wait to get a Pro1 and load Ubuntu Touch on it.  I have a usb-c hub, monitor and micro sdcard at the ready!

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5 hours ago, IH8SpeedBumps said:

I was invested in the Astro but after their recent updates I pulled out, got a refund, and ordered a Pro1.  I watched their 2 hours worth of video updates and Q&A and really didn't like their attitude.  I love the openness of Fxtec.  Ubuntu Touch?  Ok!  Lineage?  Ok! Do what you want!  Planet Computers offers one flavor of Linux or Android.  FU to the rest.  They wouldn't commit to Sailfish or anything.  They were so wrapped up that they upped the RAM 2GB.  There were so many other downgrades though.  I couldn't stomach it.

Can't wait to get a Pro1 and load Ubuntu Touch on it.  I have a usb-c hub, monitor and micro sdcard at the ready!

I tried to jump out before the campaign ended. They refused. Even though I thought I had that long to decide

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6 hours ago, IH8SpeedBumps said:

Can't wait to get a Pro1 and load Ubuntu Touch on it.  I have a usb-c hub, monitor and micro sdcard at the ready!

Try and get a ProX instead. Either see if any promotional Indiegogo links are available or wait a few months and check in the buy and sell thread on this site.

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5 hours ago, Rud said:

Try and get a ProX instead. Either see if any promotional Indiegogo links are available or wait a few months and check in the buy and sell thread on this site.

The 8gb/256gb version wasn't available so I went ahead and ordered up an original 6gb pro1.  I didn't realize it would take so long 

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3 hours ago, IH8SpeedBumps said:

The 8gb/256gb version wasn't available so I went ahead and ordered up an original 6gb pro1.  I didn't realize it would take so long 

The 8/256 is still again available on IGG, but not at as good a price as earlier. Currently it is at $719

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