"Verizon Launches Palm with small 3.3" HD Display & Android 8.1

Ruben Fields
October 16, 2018

This new Palm is completely reinventing the old Palm.

The new Palm phone, it doesn't really have a name as far as we can tell but it was codenamed Pepito during development and it kind of fits this cute little device which measures in at 50x97x7.4 mm.

Following an announcement by TCL that they would be "re-creating" the Palm brand, that re-creation has arrived in the form of an American startup and their first product - the Palm Phone - is something I would describe as "kind of a smartphone". Palm wants you to think of it as the Mazda Miata you take out for weekend drives rather than the Ford Escape that gets you to and from work every day.

With a 8cm display, it's just 0.2-inches smaller than the original iPhone. It's part of an ongoing trend to use your main smartphone less and use a lighter phone for short trips or times when you don't want the distraction of your primary smartphone. It has a 12MP rear-facing snapper and an 8MP selfie camera.

Palm says it will be able to sync "most" apps, 'so you'll have easy access to everything you need- nothing you don't'. Under the hood, it is powered by a Snapdragon 435 processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

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During the late 90s, American firm Palm was known for manufacturing personal digital assistants (PDAs) and mobile phones.

Verizon is the exclusive carrier/retail partner for the Palm and is selling it for either $349 unlocked, $299 with a two-year contract, or $14.58/month for 24 months. That also means you won't receive calls or notifications unless you're actively using the phone. It's decidedly less great that iMessages you received on a NumberShare-enabled iPhone won't get routed to the Palm.

Then, there is Palm's "Life Mode", which is a feature you turn on in the phone to actively manage your incoming and outgoing connections. The idea, it seems, is that you carry around your smaller Palm phone, and leave your regular phone at home, thus combating your app addiction. And, at least while the Verizon exclusivity lasts, likely to sell just as well as the last few Palms that have come before it. It's hitting the market at a time when large phones have become the industry standard, but the point isn't to replace your enormous Galaxy Note or iPhone-it's to provide a complementary device that helps you disconnect during downtime. Don't worry, though; all these notifications and messages that you've shut off on the Palm will arrive safely to your big smartphone.

Think about it: we've nearly reached peak smartphone design right now and the latest phones can do some incredible things.

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