Palm Phone hands-on: an Android phone for your phone
18 October, 2018, 04:56
As unusual as it seems, TCL is launching a new Palm product which is thankfully not running a new version of WebOS but instead has gone with Android 8.1. Technically Palm isn't a phone, it's an smartphone accessory primarily aimed at the Android market.
The front and rear of the Palm Phone is covered with Gorilla Glass, with the mid-frame made out of aluminium.
Palm is water-resistant, about the size of a credit card (1.99 x 3.80 x 0.29 inches), and weighs about 2.5 ounces. Now, a San Francisco based startup has bought the right to the branding and the name, and is launching a brand new iteration of Palm. Again, the phone would not even be worth mentioning if it weren't for that Palm branding. Popular apps work on the phone, including Apple iTunes. Also, why are there Android apps on the Palm phone if it's supposed to cut down your smartphone usage while you focus on more important things?
Yesterday (Oct 15) the company announced its new small device that in essence acts as a phone but it's not a phone.
The handset is also IP68 certified, packs a modest 32GB built-in storage and runs Google's Android 8.1 OS, complete with baked-in face unlocking tech.
Palm is geared toward people who want to take the benefits of a smartphone with them on weekends or at events, but without the distraction of a full-sized device.
The handset will use a VeriZon feature called Numbershare to allow users to keep the same number of both devices. However, the phone can apparently last all day on something called "Life Mode", which helps filter out calls and notifications. After waking the screen, the Palm Phone will regain connection. Because Palm is powered by the Snapdragon 435, it has an integrated Qualcomm Adreno 505 GPU, which is created to process realistic scenes and subjects captured by the cameras at low power. Connectivity features supported by the Palm include 4G LTE, Bluetooth v4.2 LE, single-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB Type-C port, GPS, and GLONASS. The other features available on the Palm Phone include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Global Positioning System.
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.
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