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Verizon launches the Palm mini-smartphone device

The device looks even smaller in the Golden State Warrior point guard's hand. (Source: Palm)
The device looks even smaller in the Golden State Warrior point guard's hand. (Source: Palm)
The American telecommunications company Verizon will be offering the new Palm “mini-smartphone” device that has been developed by a start-up backed by the huge Chinese multinational, TCL. The diminutive companion gadget has been designed to be used in conjunction with an existing larger smartphone. The Palm is expected to be made available in November, with a price starting at US$349.

Verizon, in conjunction with basketball player Stephen Curry, has revealed the full details of the previously rumored Palm device. This 3.3-inch gadget is expected to be used as companion hardware to a more traditionally sized smartphone, in a similar way that smartwatches can complement an already owned handset. The smart accessory can be connected through Verizon’s NumberShare service, meaning users can occasionally leave their phablets at home without worrying about missing a vital call or message.

The specs of the Palm, which comes in a 3.3-inch form and has an HD display offering 445 ppi, are such that it’s clear the device is not designed to permanently replace a flagship. The gadget is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. It is IP68 water and dust-resistant, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, and it has an 800 mAh battery (non-removable). The Palm also sports a 12 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front camera. The total package weighs in at 62.5 g and comes in either titanium or gold color. Android 8.1 has been chosen as the initial OS.

Palm, Inc. was founded in 1992 and was responsible for the famous PalmPilot personal digital assistant (PDA). HP bought the company in 2010, but it was closed down due to poor product sales in 2011. However, the trademark “Palm” lives on, and this was eventually picked up by TCL and passed on to the creators of the new Verizon-exclusive companion device. The Palm mini-smartphone is scheduled to begin shipping in November, and it will be priced at US$349 or can be had for US$299 if you sign-up to a specific Verizon contract.


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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-10-16 (Update: 2018-10-16)