In 2015, Chinese company TCL has acquired the Palm brand to initiate its revival. But it wasn’t until last year that we have seen some progress over the brand’s resurgence when the Palm website went live again for the first time. After that single incident, we heard nothing about Palm’s reentry, until today.
An alleged Palm smartphone, codename “Pepito”, leaks via Android Police and it’s literally “tiny”. The smartphone is said to sport 3.3-inch 720p LCD display and 800mAh battery. Yup, you didn’t misread that. It has a minuscule 800mAh battery and a super tiny LCD display in 2018, which could easily bring nostalgia to previous Palm Pre users. It will not be midrange though.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 will be powering the device, and will allegedly run on Android 8.1 Oreo. There is no mention of Android Go Edition, but the chipset seems capable enough to handle full-fledged Android. There will be 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage (which we hope is expandable). The specs aren’t enough that impressive, but to think how tiny it is with all those decent specs. The effort TCL has put on that project is not that “tiny” at all. Still, for a sub $200 price, we didn’t get the sense of getting this tiny smartphone when there are decent ones out there on the same price range with more decent specs.
By the way, it includes a headphone jack. Who doesn’t want that?