There’s no escaping it: smartphones are getting bigger. Back when the original Galaxy Note launched, people dismissed it as too big and impractical, but it was only 5.3-inches – only a bit bigger than our ‘compact’ phones now.
It’s in this climate that Palm is making its return under the guiding hand of TCL Communication – the company that brought BlackBerry back from the dead. But Palm isn’t following the herd on this one: leaked shots of its comeback phone uncovered by Android Police shows a phone with a teeny-tiny 3.3-inch 720p touchscreen.
A 3.3-inch touchscreen is not only smaller than any 2018 Android device I can think of, it’s also smaller than most big-hitting smartphones of the past. The original iPhone had a 3.5-inch display, lest we forget.
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But crucially, the last Palm-branded device to launch – the Palm Pre 2 – sported a 3.1-inch touchscreen. So in its own way, perhaps Palm is slowly following the times. Just not at any great pace – a view reinforced when you get to the reported specifications.
We already had an inkling that the new Palm wasn’t going to be a world-beater, thanks to the reveal that it wouldn’t support 5GHz Wi-Fi, but we now have an idea of quite how off the pace it is. We’re looking at a Snapdragon 435-powered device, backed by 3GB of RAM and with 32GB of storage. For reference, those are identical specs to the Vodafone Smart V8, which cost £160 when it launched last year.
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Codenamed ‘Pepito’, according to Android Police’s source, the phone likely won’t have much stamina, packing just an 800mAh battery in its tiny frame. To put that into perspective, the Samsung Galaxy Watch announced yesterday has a 472mAh cell.
All in all, it’s a bit of an odd device that doesn’t even seem to be chasing the Palm nostalgics out there – the logo is completely different, for one thing, and the keyboard of the Pre days is also conspicuous by its absence.
As it’s a leak, you should take this with a pinch of salt, but as things stand it’s hard to see the Palm following Nokia in making a quick comeback to the top table of mobile devices.
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