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Palm's new smartphone will be a decidedly low-end affair

By Shawn Knight · 5 replies
Aug 10, 2018
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  1. Word around the water cooler earlier this year suggested Palm was prepping a new smartphone for launch in the second half of 2018. The potential for a refreshing and innovative device was certainly there but according to the latest from Android Police, well, you’ll probably want to wrangle those expectations a bit.

    Codenamed Pepito, the new Palm device reportedly carries a tiny 3.3-inch 720p LCD screen driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of local storage. It packs an equally small 800mAh battery, doesn’t have a headphone jack and will ship running Android 8.1, likely as a Verizon exclusive in the US.

    We don’t yet have an exact launch date or a target price point.

    A 3.3-inch screen is incredibly small by today’s standards and there doesn’t appear to be any groundbreaking or forward-looking features. Unless it’s ultra-affordable (at the right price, it could be a decent back-up / burner phone / emergency handset for the kids), it’s hard to see the allure here.

    I get that not everyone wants a high-end handset like the Galaxy Note 9 but in the same regard, it seems like a waste to utilize a name with brand recognition like Palm on a bottom-of-the-barrel effort.

    Leaked images courtesy Android Police

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  2. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,529   +1,739

    I mean, a tiny affordable phone has been extinct for years here in the US. For someone who just wants a phone but also wants, say, google maps or email, this is a great cheap device.

    Or would be, but dat battery. 800MaH is just tiny. Even with a 400 chip and such a small screen, battery life isnt gonna be very good here.
    Reehahs and senketsu like this.
  3. petert

    petert TS Evangelist Posts: 359   +157

    There is very little competition in the market segment for 5.0" screen size and below ... I can see a place for such a phone.
    Reehahs and senketsu like this.
  4. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 729   +472

    They just need a larger battery size, it would be nice to have a small smartphone that can last a couple of days per charge.
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    Make it transparent and as strong as strong as Translucent acrylic.
  6. lazer

    lazer TS Addict Posts: 235   +56

    Gosh, I still have my original Palm up in the cabinet. It was THE device way back then but what ever happened to Palm? thought they went out of business....

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