Palm made smartphones before anyone cared for smartphones, but did not survive in modern times. The brief re-launch with Pre ended in error when the company was purchased and lubricated by HP. The palm name still has some weight, and the manufacturer TCL plans to launch a new Palm-marked Android device. The latest leak contains all important details about this phone, which is the code name Pepito. It's quite strange.
Pepito is not a flagship phone or even a premium midranger like TCL's BlackBerry products. It runs a Snapdragon 425 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and has 32GB of storage. It's rumored to be a Verizon device, and it has a limited set of radio tapes to support the network. This device will run Android Oreo on launch, so it may be quite behind the time after launch launches. Google released the final version of Android 9 Pie several days ago. There is no mention of Android Go, so this device will probably run the full version.
There is only one image of the device and it has a placeholder-home screen. The hardware looks like a stretched Apple Watch with aggressively curved glass that melts evenly into the chassis. It's not much bigger than an Apple Watch, either. The phone apparently has a small 3.3-inch LCD screen. Many phones today are more than 6 inches, and even the first Android phones (like the T-Mobile G1) had a 3.2-inch display. The original iPhone was 3.5 inches. A potential upturn: The 720p resolution should look pretty nice on the small panel.
With the modest specifications and the small screen, you'll probably expect a little ice-cream, but Pepito is really, very small. The phone is rumored to have only 800mAh battery capacity. Galaxy Note 9 has been announced with 4000mAh, and many other phones have at least 3000mAh. There is not much space in such a small phone for the battery, but this is even smaller than the original batch of Android phones that had a sport of around 1000mAh.
Pepito has a really bizarre mix of specifications. SoC, RAM and storage are all typical for cheap phones. But the small screen and battery make it a niche device. Almost no one wants a phone with a screen in sub-4-inch space now. Nevertheless, this phone is undoubtedly interesting . There is another charge on the Android hardware budget. I can not wait to see how Verizon markets this strange little phone.
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