The Palm Phone is a credit card sized smartphone launched last year as a companion device. It had to be paired with another Android or iOS phone to work so that the device would act as an alternative to your big smartphone. “Palm was designed to help people live outside their screens and is the perfect device for active lifestyles (running, cycling, gym), or the minimalist who doesn’t want to be consumed and weighed down by their big phone,” the company wrote.
Now, Verizon is making the device available as a standalone handset. So users can ditch their big primary smartphone and get a phone number and data plan just for the Palm Phone. The device still comes with a pairing option.
As for technical specifications, the Palm Phone comes with a 3.3-inch display bearing a 720p resolution. It has a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera. The device houses a Snapdragon 435 chipset coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB inbuilt memory. Connectivity-wise, there is a USB Type-C port. The standalone device is also IP68-rated water resistant. The Palm Phone is powered by an 800mAh battery unit and runs Android 8.1 Oreo. Double-pressing the power button (located on the side) will activate Google Assistant. Palm claims that it’s pushing a software update to improve the camera and battery performance. The updates are already available on the standalone version. The companion device is slated to receive the updates later in April.
As for pricing, the Verizon-exclusive handset is available for purchase for $199 (roughly Rs 13,999) with a two-year deal ending on May 1st. After that, the device will return to its original price tag of $350 (roughly Rs 24,000). You can purchase the Palm Phone here.