Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Palm is coming back, in a $349 microscopic avatar

Palm is back (sort of), and it built a tiny smartphone sidekick Palm Phone hands-on: an Android phone for your phone
Mandy Jefferson | 18 October, 2018, 04:57

As well as it followed from numerous leaks, the Palm company known in the past returned to the market with the smartphone with the same name. The Android-based device is not meant to be your primary smartphone - in fact, it must be linked to an existing account (with which it shares the phone number).

"Palm is created to bring people out of their tech and into their lives", the company's announcement swoons.

In 2018, where the smartphone is all about the six-inch screen, TCL has made a decision to take us back to 2008 - half the display span, a tiny battery, but a promise of all-day battery life and multiple days on standby.

"The Palm brand is perfectly suited to a product that fits in the palm of your hand", he said. Externally, it looks like an iPhone 2G, but its screen is even smaller than that of the first smartphone from Apple. The Palm Phone is a tiny phone. The price isn't too bad, considering that it's a novelty item, but it will still function as a capable smartphone. Being sold exclusively in the USA by the Verizon network, the provider is selling it in the same way as it approaches wearables, as a $349.99 add-on.

So anyone who is not on the network, can not buy the phone. Again, you'll also need to pay an additional $10 a month for the data plan. But Palm has rebranded with its new "ultra-mobile" phone, which it bills as letting you focus on "what's in front of you and stay present during life's most important moments". It can be bought in colors like Titanium and Gold. Palm has designed a custom UI. Additionally, it also supports advanced Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO. Users can rearrange these apps according to their personal preference. That's a contrast to recent minimalist smartphones, which take on app addiction by stripping features down to just calling and texting.

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The device is powered by a Snapdragon 435 processor, and 3GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, the Palm sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with flash, and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies and video calling. So the phone isn't shy in the camera department.

This isn't the Palm of old though, that Palm is gone now and this phone has been designed by parent company TCL who purchased the Palm brand after the company folded.

So now the question arises who will buy this.

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