The Cosmo Communicator is meant to address some of the problems with its predecessor, the Gemini from 2017 – Planet Computers' first attempt to revive Psion-like PDAs.
That product attracted an even larger crowd of 7,000 backers, but there were complaints about call quality and the five-megapixel (MP) camera, which may explain why there are fewer backers this time around. It also wasn't a cheap gamble, costing backers €680 ($748) for the device.
When closed, users can make calls from the two-inch touchscreen and then open the device to expose a six-inch touchscreen above the physical QWERTY keyboard.
But a lot has happened in mobile tech in the year since the Cosmo Communicator was unveiled, most notably foldables like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Motorola Razr. They leave Cosmo Communicator out of kilter with current trends, but that could be a strength, at least for those with an appetite for a pocketable mobile computer-cum-phone with a physical keyboard.
The Cosmo runs on an eight-core Mediatek P70 processor, with a respectable 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage, and a 4,220mAh battery. It ships with Android 9.0 Pie but there are plans to support Sailfish, Linux Debian, and Linux Kali.
The keyboard is backlit, and there's also a fingerprint sensor, dual speakers, a dedicated voice assistant button, a 3.5mm audio jack, a microSD card slot, NFC, Bluetooth, and two USB Type-C ports.