Palm rises from the dead as a zombie brand, launches tiny smartphone

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Storied PDA pioneer Palm is back as a zombie brand, and it’s launching a tiny smartphone.

If you withdraw, Palm, creator of the Palm Pilot and WebOS, bombed out of the smartphone buy and was purchased by HP. Palm died at HP after a short run of tablets and smartphones, and after all Chinese smartphone company TCL snatched up the rights to the Palm brand in 2014, and affairs have been quiet since then. You might know TCL from tournament that other smartphone zombie brand, Blackberry.

Today, TCL’s Palm remains itself as actual new company with new co-founders, a new logo, and an office in San Francisco. The friends is launching the, uh, “Palm” phone (Do we call it the Palm Palm?) and it’s taking the “Palm” moniker literally, with a device small enough to fit in the palm of your management. The Palm Palm has a practically microscopic 3.3-inch display, and it hand outs just 96.6mm tall by 50.6mm wide, which is close to the dimension of a credit card. Palm is pitching the Palm as a “companion” device to your pipe smartphone, allowing you to leave your big phone behind and bring the Palm in a purse, on a lanyard, or in any tiny pocket.

This tiny phone also succeeds with a really tiny spec sheet. You’re getting a 3.3-inch 1280×720 dash with a respectable 445ppi. This is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC (that’s eight Cortex A53 hearts, usually at 1.4GHz) 3GB of RAM, and an 800mAh battery. There’s 32GB of storage, a 12MP rear camera, 8MP mask camera, IP68 dust and water resistance, USB-C, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and LTE.

The band of the phone is aluminum and comes with silver or gold accents. There’s no fingerprint be familiar with, but there is a face-unlock system that runs off the single front camera.

The phone traffic ins a customized build of Android 8.1 Oreo. The home screen usabilities a cluster of icons that looks like the Apple Watch. You can swipe up from the hindquarters of the screen to bring up the “gesture pad,” a drawing interface that is doing its most successfully to recall memories of Palm’s “Graffiti” typing system. The gesture pad isn’t a keyboard, granting; it’s an app search function. Just draw the first letter of the app you want. Typing on something this tiny is probably a challenge, but voice input is an option, too. You can also double-press a side button to achieve up the Google Assistant.

The device is exclusive to Verizon, and with Verizon NumberShare, this phone can get your SMS words and calls along with your main phone. It looks take pleasure in the goal is to sell a lot of cases with this phone. The press images posture a lanyard, a small purse from Kate Spade, an armband, and a lanyard.

The Palm rates $349.99 and will be out in November.

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