Who remembers Palm? It is a popular maker of handheld PDA (personal digital assistant) and smartphones that used to compete with BlackBerry.
Just a brief history. With the rise of Apple and Samsung back in late 2000s, Palm’s sales begin to fall. HP bought Palm in 2010 and continued to make Palm devices under its new webOS software. Eventually, HP pulled the plug on Palm due to poor sales. In 2015, TCL, the company that makes BlackBerry smartphones and owner of smartphone brand Alcatel bought all the rights and trademarks of Palm from HP.
And now, fast fprward to 2018, TCL has officially announced the first Palm smartphone after more than 7 years. The phone is marketed as a companion to your current smartphone you are using. It means it is perfect as a second phone or a back up phone. The Palm smartphone has a small 3.3-inch display and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset. It runs Android but with heavy skin on top of it.
Palm smartphone specs:
- Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor
- Adreno 505 graphics
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB internal storage
- IP68 certified – dust and water resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30 mins
- 3.3-inch HD LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 12 megapixel rear facing camera
- 8 megapixel front facing camera
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- 800 mAh battery
The new Palm smartphone will be available in November 2018. Unfortunately, it will be available in US as a Verizon exclusive. It is priced at $349.
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