Smartphones have grown in recent years sizes that you can not really describe as really handy. Gone are the days when you had a decent storage option even with smaller trouser pockets. But there are situations where you do not actually need the smartphone, at least not always. Palm starts here (has nothing to do with the well-known Palm). A smartphone as an accessory for the smartphone, so to speak.
As a 3.3-inch device presents the Palm, which actually has regarding equipment smartphone ambitions. The specifications read like a mini-edition of a smartphone, but without looking old-fashioned:
|Processor||Qualcomm® 435 processor. Octa-core CPU|
|display||3.3 “HD Display – 445 ppi high pixel density LCD|
|Glass||Impact resistant front and rear Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Cameras||12MP rear camera with flash + 8MP front camera|
|Construction||Crafted billet aluminum mid-frame|
|Durability||IP68 water and dust resistant|
|Memory||3 GB of RAM / 32 GB of storage|
|Battery||800mAh non-removable battery|
|All-day battery life *, 3+ day standby time|
|sensor||G-Sensor, Glonass GPS, Proximity, E-compass, Gyro|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2 low energy|
|WLAN 802.11 b / g / n (2.4GHz)|
|Dimensions||50.6 x 96.6 x 7.4mm|
|Colors||Available in titanium and gold|
The Palm syncs with Android smartphones or the iPhone, the main devices do not even have to be nearby. Equipped with two cameras and Android 8.1 (including Assistant) is basically a full-fledged smartphone available. Less distraction, reduced to the essentials, with special features for quick use.
And the Palm can also turn something off. It is protected from water and dust, so it can also accompany more robust activities. Also exciting is the Life mode, which disables all notifications when the smartphone is not actively used. This mode also achieves a battery life for the whole day. Disabling this mode, the Palm can only use about 8 hours.
Now the question is whether there is a target group for such devices. HTC has tried something like this before, in a time when everyone has talked about “too big” smartphones (which were not that big in comparison to today).
When the Palm will be available, is currently not communicated. Likewise still missing a price. I find the product interesting nevertheless. Maybe for those who do not have a smartwatch. Or, for example, look for the weekend a deceleration phone. I’m curious if this will prevail, but do not think so right. You can register on the product page if you are interested.