It is true that good things come in small packages, but the recent trend in the smartphone industry has established what is bigger is better. As smartphone displays get bigger in size, companies are trimming down bezels to make the phones as handy as possible, but TCL is defying the odds and planning to launch a palm-sized smartphone under aptly-named Palm brand.
As a brand, Palm hasn't seen the best of the days, but TCL is not giving up on the brand yet. As per a new report by Android Police, a new Palm phone codenamed Pepito is in the works that will naturally be positioned in the budget segment. The smartphone is expected to have a 3.3-inch display with HD resolution, which may seem odd to many as phones generally have displays measuring 5 inches and above.
Palm's new smartphone will go against the trend, but the company isn't trying to settle for low-end hardware. Under the hood, the new Palm phone is expected to have a Snapdragon 435 processor paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.
Given the tiny structure of the phone, the handset could only accommodate an 800mAh battery, which raises concern over the phone's battery life. The report also suggests the smartphone will be available only in the US via Verizon, so good luck trying to get one in India.
Palm's new phone also runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, and not Android Go as some would expect. The leaked image of the upcoming Palm phone shows a rear camera with LED flash, but it is unclear which sensor will be in use. There are no physical buttons on the phone, which suggests touch display with on-screen buttons.
Other leaked features include Wi-Fi 2.4GHz and quad-band LTE support. The handset is not showing any signs of a 3.5mm headphone jack and the report suggests there will be Gold and Titanium hues. There's no word on the launch and availability of the Palm phone, but since it has received certification from FCC, the official announcement should not be too far. Stay tuned for updates.