After reviving BlackBerry, China-based TCL Corporation is all set to bring back Palm, another legendary brand of the mobile world. The company is apparently gearing up to launch its first Palm-branded Android smartphone, an alleged image of which leaked last month. Now, another render of the ultra-compact mobile phone has surfaced online, giving us a better idea of what it may look like from all sides.
If the render, shared by AndroidHeadlines, is to be believed, the first Palm-branded Android smartphone will be unlike anything else out there. The highlight feature of the yet-to-be-launched mobile phone is its diminutive size, made possible by a tiny 3.3-inch HD display. If it’s indeed the real deal, Palm’s upcoming smartphone will immediately stand out in a sea of giant mobile devices with notched displays.
Talking about the design and software, the render shows the smartphone running a custom UI overlay/launched atop Android. There are sizeable bezels on the top and bottom, but no (visible) capacitive navigation buttons. The right side features a sleep/wake button and a SIM tray, while the rear panel shows an iPhone X-like (albeit with a single sensor) rear camera module, and a logo with the letters of the word ‘PALM’ arranged in the form of a 2×2 matrix, in the centre.
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Previous rumours have claimed that the smartphone has a model identifier PVG100. Its 3.3-inch display is expected to have a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. The PVG100 is likely to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC, paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Interestingly, it’s been rumoured to come with an extremely small (by today’s standards) 800mAh battery, but given the phone’s size, that powerpack will probably be enough.
There’s no information when (or if) the Palm PVG100 will be launched. However, in a smartphone market saturated with notched iPhone rip-offs and huge unwieldy phablets, this tiny smartphone will certainly be a breath of fresh air.