Palm develops a mobile phone for your not-so-mobile-anymore phone

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This new Palm is completely reinventing the old Palm.

The Palm phone is an Android device about the size of a credit card (approximately 2 inches by 3.8 inches) that's essentially supposed to be an on-to-go version of your existing smartphone. The Palm brand that now belongs to San Francisco based startup firm has unveiled the all new Palm Phone in the U.S. The handset is exclusively available through Verizon Wireless in the country.

Moreover, the Palm comes with Android 8.1 operating out of the box and the company has also created a custom skin that can directly take its users to the app tray. Its LCD display measures a scant 3.3 inches diagonally, but because its so small, the HD screen still has an impressive 445 pixels per inch. You'll also find a 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, and a weight of just 2.2 ounces.

But Palm's "phone companion" pitch quickly breaks down for exactly the same reason most people don't have separate workday and weekend rides: Cost. So what should an individual do when their mobile device is as much a daily survival tool as it is a phone, but it can't always be easily carried around given the current trend for the-bigger-the-better type phones?

You might be wondering why do I need this phone when I have a regular one?

The Snapdragon 435 chipset is at the helm of Palm Phone.

It seems to be running with a cloned SIM setup or eSIM variant on the Verizon network, with a $10 per month plan sending your calls, texts and notifications from your other phone to this one. Instead, you've got a vertical list of all your apps, a Google search bar at the top, quick access to the Google Assistant by double-pressing the power button, and that's about it. However, you can't actually buy it on its own. It costs USD350 (around RM1,450) yes, but right now you can only purchase it through United States carrier Verizon on a connected device plan, so it comes with a nano SIM that you can't remove. This Palm will fit in your hand and you won't get a lot of things done with the minimalist hardware, providing the similarity to a kitten, including the powerful attraction some will feel towards it.

Palm's makers say the device will last a full day in Life Mode, which silences all incoming calls and notifications when the screen is off.

You can fashion this powerful little handheld into a sport sleeve designed by Stephan Curry for staying "connected" during your workout or in a wristlet designed in partnership with Kate Spade for when you're on the go. It's also unclear how much nostalgia the Palm name will bring to today's shoppers.



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