Palm Plans Comeback With Tiny Phone, Stephen Curry Endorsement

Yolanda Curtis
October 18, 2018

Well, Palm and American professional basketball player Stephen Curry believe, you do.

An unexpected entrant into the smartphone market is a new handset called Palm that has been launched in the US.

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. The Palm brand that now belongs to San Francisco based startup firm has unveiled the all new Palm Phone in the U.S. The handset is exclusively available through Verizon Wireless in the country.

The company hopes the Palm will be used primarily as a secondary mobile, given that there is "a growing trend of users seeking minimalist phones in order to trim back on their screen time", the tech site says. The phone has a tiny 3.3-inch, 445-ppi LCD screen, and uses a single USB-C port for charging and headphones. Since there are no volume buttons, you need to swipe down the quick settings panel to adjust that.

This new phone is simply referred to as "Palm" and is created to be a new type of phone that lives alongside your main smartphone.

It's also got 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an 800mAh battery, and runs Android 8.1 with access to all Android apps in Google Play. The smartphone will be available to purchase exclusively via Verizon Wireless in the United States starting from November. Now, though, the Palm brand has been resurrected in the form of a new device that aims to make you use your smartphone less often.

The Palm Phone is basically a fancy smartwatch you can't wear.

For photography, the Palm Phone comes with a 12MP rear camera with LED flash and an 8MP selfie shooter on the front. Oh, and Palm promises it will last all day too if you put in Life Mode which silences the phones notifications and incoming calls.

Sounds like a good idea, but newer Apple and Samsung devices already have functions to help limit your smartphone use.

The Palm pairs with Android and iOS, but the Palm wouldn't be able to sync iOS-only apps like Facetime and iMessage. 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. This seems doomed to fail, even though I'm sure there are quite a few people who'd love to buy a relatively cheap, well-designed full Android phone that isn't a surfboard.

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