Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Here's A Teeny-Tiny Smartphone To Help You Disconnect

Here's A Teeny-Tiny Smartphone To Help You Disconnect

The idea, it seems, is that you carry around your smaller Palm phone, and leave your regular phone at home, thus combating your app addiction.

Palm, best known as the pioneering manufacturer of the first mainstream personal digital assistant (PDA) in the early '00s, is making a comeback with a new phone. Unlike in a conventional Flight Mode, you can choose what gets through, and when. This new device is pretty tiny that goes easily into the pockets and weighs just 62.5 grams! Poor reception to Palm and webOS led HP to sell the brand to TCL. When you turn Life Mode on by tapping a palm tree icon, it enables a set of Do Not Disturb and Low Battery settings.

Simply called "The Palm", this is a perfectly functional Android 8.1 smartphone with a custom skin and it can run the full version of your favourite Android apps.

The miniature Palm handset has been priced at $350 (roughly Rs. 25,800) and will be sold starting November exclusively via Verizon Wireless in the U.S., positioned as a companion to your primary smartphone. Instead of having its own phone number, the Palm phone co-opts your existing Verizon phone number so you can technically use it away from your main phone if you need to. This new Android phone they're releasing exclusively to Verizon is meant to be your secondary device, a tiny little thing for the weekends. It just has a fancy name. However, the phone can apparently last all day on something called "Life Mode", which helps filter out calls and notifications. This is done by turning off notifications and silencing incoming phone calls when the display of the Palm Phone is turned off. Inside you will find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, 3GB of RAM, and an 800mAh battery, for connectivity USB-C, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LTE.

The 12-megapixel rear camera probably won't be producing photos that impress, but may get the job done anyways. And finally, why is this Palm phone trying so hard to look like a mini iPhone X with an interface similar to the Apple Watch? It also features face unlock for security. Palm has either seen the future or built a cheap phone that it can repurpose after users show no interest.

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