Images and specs of Palm's new phone leak; device has small 3.3-inch display and tiny battery?

Images and specs of Palm's new phone leak; device has small 3.3-inch display and tiny battery?
A couple of days ago, we passed along the exciting news that there was going to be a new Palm branded smartphone. A Palm Ventures Group device with the model number PVG100 was certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance and revealed that TCL, the current owner of the Palm name, was planning on bringing the brand back into the marketplace. Today, a new report posts a leaked image of the new phone, codenamed "Pepito," and reveals the underwhelming specs.

According to today's report, the new Palm device will be a Verizon exclusive and the rumored specs include a 3.3-inch LCD display carrying a 720p HD resolution. Powering the handset will reportedly be the Snapdragon 435 Mobile Platform, which features an octa-core CPU running at 1.4GHz and the Adreno 505 GPU. Other leaked specs include 3GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage. Keeping the lights on will supposedly be a small 800mAh capacity battery. "Pepito" is expected to launch sans a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Android 8.1 will be pre-installed. Assuming that the leaked specs are legitimate, is there a market for a phone like this in 2018?

The last Palm branded phone released was the Palm Pre 2 in October 2010. By the time that model was launched, Palm had already been purchased by HP and the latter decided to use its own branding on the third generation Pre. WebOS, the highly regarded operating system used on the Pre, is now owned by LG. The Korean manufacturer uses the OS on a line of smart televisions.


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16 Comments

1. Venom

Posts: 3438; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I came in expecting a webOS like experience, but instead we get this?

7. AronWunarso

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

What do you hope with webOS by the way?. Even tho it gives you nostalgia, there're nothing you could do with that phone beside texting and calling, since there're no more apps support webOS.

11. worldpeace

Posts: 3130; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

WebOS UI maybe?

14. tokuzumi

Posts: 1873; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

LG bought the intellectual property of Palm OS. It powers their smart TVs. You won't find the WebOS UI on anything Palm

2. shortkey

Posts: 52; Member since: May 19, 2017

YES there is a market for small smartphones in 2018.A tiny device like this from a renomed manufacturer is like a gust of fresh wind in an overheated room.The tiny battery is a little shameful, and 720p display for a screen this size is an overkill but if the device turns out to be reasonably priced, I might have a replacement for my 5 years old phone. VIVA LA SMALL SMARTPHONES

4. Rager722 unregistered

Why not just buy an Xperia compact?

5. danny_a2005

Posts: 358; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

I don't like the plastic thing. I hope for the next compact the use glass too.

6. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I hate glass. I’d get rid of wireless charging (it’s not really wireless) to trade for metal/alum. phone again. There’s so much cons to glass back but adds one useless charging option. Gimme back my metal back!!!!

8. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Even the latest "Xperia compact" is barely compact anymore. The iPhone SE is still somewhat compact, but is undoubtedly long-in-the-teeth and on the way out. This leak, if true, is much better than either an SE or an "Xperia compact" (except for the 800 mAh battery - wish they would have done something about that).

16. civicsr2cool

Posts: 267; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Xperia Compact = flagship processor + budget phone. The potato camera alone is worth steering clear from them let alone the bootloader situation.

12. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"...from a renomed manufacturer ..." TCL is not a renowned manufacturer. They're a Chinese manufacturer that makes cheap crappy knock-offs and thrives on the reputation of old defunct Western household brands.

3. shortkey

Posts: 52; Member since: May 19, 2017

Though making it Verizon exclusive is a shame.

9. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Agreed.

10. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

The specs are close to being right for my desired situation. They could have gotten away with just 2GB of RAM, in my opinion, and could have reduced the price accordingly. The battery, at a paltry 800mAh, could have used some extra effort, but that is the only thing on this phone that I am not rather pleased with. The processor is a good one for targeting a lower price-point, yet still delivering some decent entry-level power. The screen is also good and dense for being so small; 720p at 3.3" and 16:9 ratio will be very good on pixels-per-inch (445 to be precise). That is a dense screen for a low spec'd phone. Hoping the price is below $200, but I can see Palm enthusiasts paying up to $300 for it.

13. tokuzumi

Posts: 1873; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Must be a phone for emerging markets.

15. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Poor kids in Africa would send this phone back

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