Verizon to Offer 'Companion' Phone, Palm

Palm is back (sort of), and it built a tiny smartphone sidekick

It didn't. Palm was purchased by HP, shuttered, and sold off in name only to Chinese company TCL, where it resides today.

But as the vicious cycle of new becomes old, and old becomes new again proves, these legacy brands never truly die - especially when there's money to be made. Enters Palm Phone, which is a companion to your big display smartphones.

The flawless way to describe this device is a mix between a smartwatch and a smartphone.

The Palm is now expected to go on sale in November.

"You have your SUV or minivan, but sometimes you want to take a spin in your sports auto", said Howard Nuk, a co-founder of the startup, Palm Ventures Group Inc.

When manufacturers are competing to achieve tinier notches in order to increase screen-to-body ratio, the Palm smartphone represents exactly the opposite. Users will have to pay a monthly fee of $10 (about Rs. 700) over and above their current Verizon plan to connect the Palm to the carrier's network, reports NDTV Gadgets, citing CNET. Most users will also need to get reacquainted with using smaller phones. This is not the Palm of old - the new device shares none of that old engineering team that brought us, for example, the Palm Pre. Mobile giant Verizon believes that the tiny new Palm's filtered "Life Mode" will free you from constant distractions, such as the non-stop stream of notifications.

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Inside, the Palm phone is powered by a Snapdragon 435 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

Palm's makers say the device will last a full day in Life Mode, which silences all incoming calls and notifications when the screen is off. Yes, Apple and Google wrap "digital wellbeing" features into their operating systems, settings to help you use your big pretty phone less by limiting it in various ways.

The Palm Phone also comes with Google Assistant that can be accessed quickly by double-pressing the side button. The Palm Phone rocks a 3.3-inch LCD display that has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 445 ppi.

The Verge went hands-on with the new device, which looks like a sleek, miniature iPhone that runs Android 8.1 (no Pie just yet).

The Palm pairs with Android and iOS, but the Palm wouldn't be able to sync iOS-only apps like Facetime and iMessage.

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