Palm is back but this isn’t a phone at all instead this little device is a companion for your regular smartphone. The new palm pairs to your existing phone to become a second screen that you can really easily slide into your pocket or into accessories like a pouch, a bifold wallet or a fitness sleeve so you can take it on the go.
The palm runs on Android 8.1 and works with Google Play which means that you can download any app you want but it will work best for basics like Google Maps, responding to messages and uploading photos not really for playing games.
It is not a very powerful phone, by design. It has a tiny 3.3-inch, 445-PPI LCD display, big enough to use to check information and type on but not big enough to make you want to do real work on it.
Camera & Battery
There’s a single 12-megapixel rear camera and flash and an 8-megapixel selfie camera on the front the palm uses Gorilla Glass 3 on both sides of an aluminum frame and it is also water-resistant for a rating of ip68. There’s a tiny 800 mAh battery that you charge through USB C port but there’s no standalone headphone jack.
The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There is only one button (power) which serves multiple purposes.
It is obviously tiny at just 50 x 97 millimeters, it’s not much bigger than a credit card, but it’s thicker at 7.4mm. It weighs 62.5 grams.
As TCL has been focusing more on those two brands, they seem to have sold the Palm brand to a startup from San Francisco and the Palm Phone is the company’s first product. Again, you can’t use it on its own and it is currently exclusive for Verizon Wireless customers. It will be available for $350 and the device shares a phone number with another device on your plan.