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TCL set to introduce a Palm-branded smartphone on Verizon this year

The Palm Pre had its fans when it launched, but failed to gain traction. (Source: Palm)
The Palm Pre had its fans when it launched, but failed to gain traction. (Source: Palm)
The Palm Pre could be set to make a comeback to the US market later this year, if a fresh rumor is accurate. The device is expected to be designed and manufactured by Chinese company TCL, which is behind the most recent BlackBerry devices currently on the market like the BlackBerry KEYone.
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Palm, like BlackBerry, once dominated the smartphone scene before it, like BlackBerry, got steamrolled by Apple and then the Android juggernauts. TCL, a Chinese company currently making BlackBerry handsets under licence is set to release a Palm handset in US later this year. TCL purchased the Palm brand from HP in 2015 and now looks set to capitalize on the nostalgia helping to drive the success of HMD’s licenced Nokia-branded phones.

If you’re wondering whether the planned Palm-branded handset will run Palm’s fabled webOS, the chances are slim. The current rumors point to the device running Android, which would be the smart decision as it is widely popular and has a ready-made app market that is massive. However, LG, which currently owns webOS recently made an open source variant of its webOS public, opening a tinniest of doors to the possibility.

As for the design of the device, the famous Palm Pre name is being bandied about as a possibility. The original Pre featured pebble-like shape and a combination of physical keyboard with a touchscreen. If you’ve been keeping abreast of TCL’s BlackBerry-branded phones, it will instantly remind you of its BlackBerry KEYOne handset. Whether it takes on a retro design or a more contemporary approach will be seen when it lands on Verizon, the planned US carrier.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1296 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-03-30 (Update: 2018-03-30)