Palm Phone enters the Russian market. What for?

On September 23, 2019, TCL Communication announced the start of sales in Russia of a new smartphone under the Palm brand.

I'm sorry, what? Did the Palm brand regenerate? Released a new smartphone?

No, nothing like that. It's just about the Palm Phone model, introduced a year ago - in October 2018. With some stretch, the device can be called new - relative to the Russian market, where no one was waiting for it. In 2018, the device was revealed to the world as an addition to the main smartphone. Initially, the Palm Phone was locked on Verizon services, allowing you to receive calls and messages arriving at the number of the main device.

Now everything is wrong.

On the Russian market, Palm Phone represent howAn independent device is just very small. You never know which of the users are tired of wearing any 6-inch “shovel” so much that they are ready to pay MTS 29990 rubles for a smartphone with a 3.3-inch screen. Pre-order is now available, sales will start on October 5th. The smartphone is sold under the name Palm PVG100.

The tiny smartphone is built on the basis of the Qualcomm chipsetSnapdragon 435. RAM capacity - 3 GB, internal storage - 32 GB. The device is running an Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. Google Assistant lives on board.

There are no cameras: the main 12 MP, front 8 MP.

The case is finished with Gorilla Glass,Protection against water and dust according to IP68 standard. There is no fingerprint scanner, but face unlock is supported. Among the device’s chips, in addition to sizes comparable to a credit card, a certain “Rest” mode is mentioned, which helps to reduce the time for viewing content on social networks and not be distracted by frequent notifications. True, the simplicity of the procedure for exiting it (face unlocking) looks somewhat ill-conceived. So, you won’t be able to get rid of the habit of getting into social networks every minute. So you cannot call a therapeutic device either.

Why is it then at all? For that kind of money?

Key Features of Palm Phone:

Screen3.3 ″, 720 × 1280, 16M colors, touch, capacitive, multitouch, LCD 445 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass
IronQualcomm Snapdragon 435
1.4 GHz, 8 x Cortex-A53, Adreno 505
Mobile Internet LTE cat.4 150/50 Mbit / s
Mobile networksLTE
GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
Battery Li-Ion, 800 mAh
Dimensions96.6 x 50.6 x 7.4 mm
Weight62.5 g
Camera 12 MP, flash, autofocus
frontal: 8 MP
NavigationGPS, GLONASS
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Approach

Tatyana Kobelskaya