Palm has made a comeback, releasing a tiny 3.3 inch smartphone "companion" for US$349.99. The miniature Palm handset has been priced at $350, which is roughly Rs. 25,800 on conversion, and will be sold starting November exclusively via Verizon Wireless in the US.
Instead, it's a new device from a San Francisco start up that has simply purchased the rights to the brand from TCL for its own new ideas.
Why it matters: After seven years, the Palm brand is being resurrected with the introduction of the Palm phone. This device works exactly like a smartphone but docent act as your primary smartphone. Our question - does your phone need a phone? The smartphone is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 505 GPU.
It's also got 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an 800mAh battery, and runs Android 8.1 with access to all Android apps in Google Play.
The device will cost $349 (£263) and will be available in the USA, on the Verizon network only, from November.
The device has two cameras - a 12MP rear-facing camera and a 8MP front-facing camera. Though the smartphone has a 720p resolution display, the screen does offer higher pixel density due to the smaller screen size. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Bluetooth v4.2 LE, single-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, GLONASS, and a USB Type-C port. The mini phone syncs with your regular smartphone (either Android or iOS), which means that the devices share the same number and both receive calls, text messages, and other alerts.
The Palm Phone also comes with a feature called "Life Mode" that helps you eliminate distractions by silencing all incoming calls and notifications as soon as the screen is turned off. Whether that's a bad thing is totally up to you since a lot of people like Verizon's apps. Apple lovers might want to stick with the cellular-connected Apple Watch for their screen-limiting needs.
The Palm's design is interesting at a glance, but on closer inspection, it's purposefully useless as a phone replacement and questionably better as a supplement.