New Palm Phone Launched with 3.3-inch HD Display & Android 8.1

Palm is back (sort of), and it built a tiny smartphone sidekick

Palm Phone hands-on: an Android phone for your phone

From the design perspective, this new Palm device looks like the iPhone but in a compact form factor.

The catch is that the Palm is available only on Verizon, and only as a second phone. It weights a super slim 2.2 ounces and will come in black with titanium or gold metal surrounds.

Right out of the gate Palm has a big face trying to sell you on the new device, and it's none other than the unanimous MVP and National Basketball Association champion Steph Curry who is also an advisor and investor with the brand. In fact, the Palm can't even be purchased as a standalone phone; it's only available as an add-on.

With Android underpinning it then, it's a better fit for accompanying another Android phone and its shared services than an iPhone, though it'd ostensibly work with both. And it's working: on average, people check their smart phone every 15 minutes.If you think about it, your phone works like a slot machine, in the sense that you pull the lever and are excited by the prospect of what you could get.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC powers the smartphone with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage with a dedicated micro SD card for additional storage expansion (up to 128 GB). Mobile giant Verizon believes that the tiny new Palm's filtered "Life Mode" will free you from constant distractions, such as the non-stop stream of notifications. Palm is advertising as a device that you can use when you want to stay present in life.

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The device will cost $349 (£263) and will be available in the U.S., on the Verizon network only, from November.

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. It is basically a pocket phone with a small 3.3-inch display. It has a 12MP rear-facing snapper and an 8MP selfie camera.

It does not have a headphone jack though and does not benefit from wireless charging either.

The Palm pairs with Android and iOS, but the Palm wouldn't be able to sync iOS-only apps like Facetime and iMessage. The Life Mode puts the phone to sleep when the screen is off and prevents all calls and notifications. Apple lovers might want to stick with the cellular-connected Apple Watch for their screen-limiting needs. "Presumably, another even smaller phone".

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