The first Palm-branded smartphone in seven years makes little sense as a 2018 handset. It has a 3.3 inch display, 800mAh battery, but uses a Snapdragon 435 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage space, and runs Android. Who is this for?
New smartphones in 2018 all follow a similar (and expected) design. They have a large touch screen, curved edge rectangular case, running Android or iOS, includes a full day battery, and may or may not have a notch and a headphone jack. A new Palm-branded smartphone seems to break most of these rules.
Like Android Police Reports, images of a new Palm smartphone have been leaked with the code name "Pepito". You can remember that the latest Palm phone we received was far back in 201
According to the Android Police source, the Pepito handset spreads a 3.3-inch 720p screen powered by a Snapdragon 435 processor, 3GB of RAM and offers 32GB of storage. It is a bit of a discrepancy between performance and size, especially when you learn that this small phone is dependent on a 800mAh battery.
Given the specification and size, this can be nothing but a budget handset. It will run Android, which means it has access to Google Play and all apps that can work with a very small 720p screen (imagine rolling Twitter on this thing!) And it's going to start in the United States. Apparently, Verizon has decided to offer it for sale.
Instead of being the smartphone in my pocket, this looks like an option Verizon can sell with another, much more capable of device. For example, you might want to get a Galaxy Note 9 but you will not worry about stolen or injured if you go out with friends. That's when Pepito could take over so you can leave Not 9 safe at home while you have access to contacts and apps on a small phone you can easily replace if you're lost, stolen or injured.
There are no details about price or start date, but expect Verizon to start talking about it soon and why they just think that consumers will want to buy it. A cheap mate smartphone is my best guess, but marketing it as a device for kids is not out of the question.