Palm Inc Launches Credit Card Sized Android Phone
96.6 x 50.6 x 7.4mm
Qualcomm® 435 processor
Android 8.1 Oreo
Palm Inc was founded in 1992 and it specialized in manufacturing PDAs (personal digital assistants) which became outdated with time. In 2011, HP acquired the Palm Brand and they manufactured a few models under the Palm brand running webOS. But the phones were unable to compete with Android smartphones due to lack of apps and support. In 2014 China-based TCL corporation bought the Palm brand from HP. In 2015 TCL confirmed they will revive the Palm Brand with the approach of crowdsourced smartphones.
And finally, in 2018, we see the first Palm smartphone, called the Palm Phone running on the Android operating system. The new device is supposed to be your secondary phone other than your large screen smartphone.
The dimensions of the Palm Phone are 96.6 x 50.6 x 7.4 mm and it weighs 62.5 grams. The smartphone has a tiny 3.3 inch Full HD LCD display with a pixel density of 445 ppi. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Octa-Core CPU and has 3 GB of RAM with 32 GB of inbuilt storage. The device has an IP68 rating which makes it water and dust resistant.
The phone has an 800 mAh which the company claims will provide all-day battery backup or 3+ days of standby time. For photography, the smartphone has a 12 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front selfie camera which is also used for securely unlocking the phone via face recognition.
The Palm Phone runs on Android 8.1 and has a custom UI for easily navigating through apps on its small screen. In terms of connectivity, the device has 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, 802.11 Wi-Fi and the USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. The device also has a bunch of sensors including a gravity sensor, proximity sensor and a gyroscope. The device is available in two color variants: titanium and gold. Palm Inc also showcased a wide variety of accesories for the device including a sports strap and leather wallet.
Price and Availability
The Palm Phone has a price tag of $ 349 in the USA and will be available from November. It is exclusively available to Verizon customers under NumberShare for a $ 10 additional monthly charge. Under the NumberShare scheme, customers can receive text messages and calls on both their phones simultaneously. However, the availability of the Palm Phone outside the USA is still unconfirmed.