Back in March of this year, it was reported that TCL was actively working on a new Android phone that would revive the iconic Palm brand and bring it back to market. A leaked image of said phone appeared a few months later in August, and now, it's about to hit store shelves.
October 25, 2018 — Palm goes on sale November 2 for $350 plus NumberShare subscription
Last week, Palm and Verizon announced the Palm "companion device", a low-spec Android smartphone that uses NumberShare to keep the same number as your main phone and allows you to stay connected without being tethered to your big, beautiful flagship smartphone all the time. This week, they've announced when Verizon will start selling their exclusive phone buddy: November 2.
That's a pretty penny for a phone that you're buying to use your phone less.
Verizon will be selling the Palm in two colors — Titanium and Gold — for $349 unlocked, $299 with a two-year contract, or $14.58/month for 24 months. Also, since Palm uses Verizon's NumberShare service that essentially copies your existing phone number to it, using a Palm will tack on an extra $10/month to your bill, on top of whatever plan your current phone is already subscribed to.
The phone will be sold by Verizon in stores, online, and at Best Buy kiosks "nationwide". Verizon is not take pre-orders for the Palm at this time, but they do have and email sign-up page for interested buyers to be notified when the Palm goes on sale.
October 15, 2018 — Verizon announces Palm, a compact phone for your phone
This new phone is simply referred to as "Palm" and is designed to be a new type of phone that lives alongside your main smartphone. It's got an extremely small 3.3-inch LCD HD display, Snapdragon 435 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. You'll also find a 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, and a weight of just 2.2 ounces.
The Palm is powered by Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, but it doesn't look like any build of Oreo we've seen before. Here you'll find a custom build of Android with no traditional home pages or anything. Instead, you've got a vertical list of all your apps, a Google search bar at the top, quick access to the Google Assistant by double-pressing the power button, and that's about it.
There's also a special "Life Mode" that turns off all notifications and even disables the Palm's radios in an effort to help eliminate distractions and focus on what matters. Speaking to Variety, creator Dennis Miloseski said, "It's about technology receding. Do you really need to bring a supercomputer with you everywhere you go?"
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