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Report: 3.3-Inch Palm Smartphone Heading to Verizon

Palm Android Smartphone 2018

New smartphones in 2018 all follow a similar (and expected) design. They have a large touchscreen display, curved edge rectangular case, run Android or iOS, include an all-day battery, and may or may not have a notch and a headphone jack. A new Palm-branded smartphone seems to break most of those rules.

As Android Police reports, shots of a new Palm smartphone have been leaked along with its codename “Pepito.” You may remember the last Palm phone we got was way back in 2011 when the Pre 3 launched. To say this new Palm phone is a little strange considering its 2018 is an understatement.

According to Android Police’s source, the Pepito handset will sport a 3.3-inch 720p display powered by a Snapdragon 435 processor, 3GB of RAM, and offers 32GB of storage. That’s a bit of a mismatch of performance and size, especially when you learn that this tiny phone relies on an 800mAh battery.

Considering the spec and the size, this can’t be anything other than a budget handset. It will run Android, meaning it has access to Google Play and any apps that can function of a very small 720p display (imagine scrolling Twitter on this thing!) and it is going to launch in the US. Apparently Verizon has decided to offer it for sale.

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Rather than being the smartphone in your pocket, this strikes me as an add-on device Verizon can sell alongside another, much more capable device. For example, you may want to pick up a Galaxy Note 9, but then don’t want to worry about it being stolen or damaged if you go out for the evening with friends. That’s when Pepito could take over, allowing you to leave the Note 9 safe at home while having access to your contacts and apps on a tiny phone you can easily replace if lost, stolen, or damaged.

There’s no details on price or launch date, but expect Verizon to start talking about it soon and why exactly they think consumers will want to buy it. A cheap buddy smartphone is my best guess, but marketing it as a device for kids isn’t out of the question.

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