Meet Palm, the tiny $350 phone that hopes to complement your bigger device

Meet Palm, the tiny $350 phone that hopes to complement your bigger device
Seven years since we last saw a device, the iconic Palm brand is back with new owners, a new logo, and a new device which tries to complement regular smartphones.

Palm – yes, that’s its name – is a rather tiny offering that has been designed entirely as a companion phone. This would lead many to assume that the smartphone isn’t that good but, in actual fact, it boasts some pretty respectable specs that include Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 435 and 3GB of RAM. In addition to this, 32GB of non-expandable storage can be found on the inside along with an 800mAh battery that permits one day of use or three days of standby, and the full Android 8.1 Oreo experience, albeit with a heavily personalized overlay on top, complete with the Google Assistant and facial recognition.

Taking a look at the external side of things, the device is made entirely out of Gorilla Glass and aluminum and is backed up by an IP68 water and dust resistance rating. Up front, a small 3.3-inch LCD display complete with a very respectable pixel density of 445ppi is included. This sits just below the in-ear speaker, which also doubles as a regular one, and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. While on the topic of photography, it's worth noting that the rear of the device also features a 12-megapixel sensor that is paired with an LED flash.

Those interested in this credit card-sized device will be able to purchase it exclusively through Verizon starting November at a price of $349.99. However, it’s not as simple as that. See, because the Palm is designed as a companion device, Verizon customers will only be able to acquire it as an add-on to their current line. This means that, much like smartwatches, it will share the same phone number – the whole idea of the Palm is to reduce dependence on larger devices. In any case, it will be offered in both Titanium and Gold. Also, a variety of cases designed in partnership with NBA star Stephen Curry will go on sale too.

source: Palm



1. rsiders

Posts: 2037; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Lol I don't need a compliment to my flagship/bigger device. Boy these OEMs are getting out of hand.

12. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

You can strap it to your wrist and use it as a watch.

17. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2515; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It should be noted that this Palm phone is not being produced by TCL. TCL licensed out the Palm name to this startup in San Francisco that is making this device. So it explains the thinking behind this device as people in San Francisco don’t find it problematic to spend $350 for a “companion phone”.

18. errnope

Posts: 43; Member since: May 23, 2018

And also why is vaguely resembles an iPhone.

2. JCASS889 unregistered

let me reduce my screen time, ill just use this smaller phone to do so? makes zero sense. a screen is a screen.

25. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

With that 800mAh battery, it will surely reduce your screen time.

3. bucknassty

Posts: 1395; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

WTF is this???? I thought the need for a smartwatch is small, but this... this is so far off the reason train people have got to smoking something... a companion phone for your phone... so you can reduce time with your phone... wtf???? addiction is real and alive people

4. dnomadic

Posts: 449; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

As a separate device, Okay, I get it.... As a a companion, I don't know. I mean, I guess a sucker is born every minute. Why not just buy an LTE smartwatch if you need a companion? If they build I guess there is a use case somewhere, but it has to be extraordinarily small considering phones are relatively small (thin and Light - Pocketable). Good Luck as a companion, hopefully they see the light and they release it as a standalone for thos that don't want a "large" phone.

5. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

So now we need smaller devices to "compliment" our smartphones? How about you just make a smaller screened smartphone, put a 3000mAh battery in it and call it good? This device is laughable.

10. libra89

Posts: 2337; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yep. I'm so confused on the point of this altogether. Why was this considered a good idea to start with? It doesn't even sound like a minimal phone, like the Lightphone (I believe that was the name of it?).

6. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I love this!!

8. I_have_boxes

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

So basically they are charging more money for it being smaller? Because those specs are hardly even worth half that price. You would be better off getting an older Sony compact phone.

9. djinn911

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Okay, I can understand the reason behind having a companion phone. You won't need to replace your sim card to use it for cases such as going to the beach or a fair where you are vulnerable to damage or theft loss of your main phone. But with that pricing on that particular specification phone, these OEMs are getting ridiculously absurd. I currently own Note9 as my main driver and for above-mentioned cases I use my MotoG5s which only cost me like €125 which equals to around $150. I am getting almost the same spec out of that phone at half the price! So what that I have to change my simcard, it takes like a minute to do so!

11. rouyal

Posts: 1598; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I think with the price, no SIM capabilities, and the Verizon $10 number sharing, this device turned out to be little more than novelty. I applaud them for trying something different.

13. mikedemoda

Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

who ever green lighted this must be fired... this phone is the epitome of DOA

14. shandesilva

Posts: 105; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

PALM wasn't really the thing. WebOS was. Somebody do a device running WebOS and that would be a hit.

21. warrenellis93

Posts: 558; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

the palm device was a part of it though, it was a nice shape

15. warrenellis93

Posts: 558; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

$350 for a companion device? Bad move for the palm name

16. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

There are a dozen use scenarios for this device. Going fishing? Don't wanna take that $1,000 phone unless it learns how to swim. Going to the beach? That iPhone X or Galaxy S9 sure looks inviting for thieves. The best use would be construction foremen who're on the phone all day and on the go. I can't count how many screens I've had to repair in the last few years. Yes Virginia, there is a need for these devices. Just not for kids or the college crowd.

19. rouyal

Posts: 1598; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

A low end $50 unlocked phone (like those in clamshell packaging at Walmart) would be better, and MUCH cheaper, than a $350 oops phone in any of those situations. Drop this phone in the river, broke screen, or gets stolen, you’re still out $350.

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

No smartphone features though with your solution, that's the allure. I'm not going to touch the price because it is ridiculous. For limited smartphone features in a small package you can get one of the earlier 3-1/2" screen iPhones like the 3GS, 4 or the 4S.

24. rouyal

Posts: 1598; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I’m talking about the cheap prepaid android phones, like the ZTEs or LGs. Though at $350, you can even get a few better budget android phones cheaper than that like Moto G/E, Nokias, etc. “Clamshell” I was referring to the annoying plastic packaging the usually come in.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The Pre was so tight. I miss that lil beast.

23. ibap

Posts: 872; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Like iPhone buyers who queue up to buy the newest from Apple, there will be an audence for this. But I wouldn't let them babysit my kid. (If you don't get the last part - they aren't bright enough.)

26. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1603; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

The idea isn't bad if it were cheaper. Phones like the Note are huge and expensive to be taking outdoors every where I go. Running with a phone that large is near impossible without holding it in my hand. Hiking rugged terrain I appreciate having as little in my pockets as possible as well. Heck even some jobs are hazardous to a phones survival and something significantly smaller could be nice at times. Basically I kept my S7 for a reason when I got my Note 8. Nice to have a smaller phone at times.

27. doublestandardz

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

I was thinking April fools joke but it’s Halloween.

28. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

This device will make sense at $150 price point, no more. I'd take this out when going camping or to the beach instead of my expensive phone, just so I won't break the one I care about. But at $350 it is not worth getting at all.

29. SnrJoy

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 16, 2018

Palm was my Favorite. Hope they can bring back web Os. the specs are med range so as a companion phone, I guess is ok

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