The Palm smartphone reboot is shaping up to be disappointing


It’s been a very long time coming, however it seems that the revival of Palm smartphones is imminent. It seems like, sadly, no matter’s within the works gained’t be wherever close to as thrilling because the Pre was so a few years in the past.

Android Police noticed {that a} machine known as the PVG100 made by Palm Enterprise Group — now owned by TCL — was filed with the FCC final week and handed via the Wi-Fi Alliance’s certification program again in June. These are each late stage steps within the growth cycle of any new machine, so it’s doubtless we’ll see no matter this telephone is in a matter of months.

Whereas the filings don’t reveal a lot, the Wi-Fi Alliance web page reveals two issues: first, that the telephone will run Android 8.1 Oreo, which is a very good signal; and second, that it’ll solely help 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, and never sooner 5GHz networks, which is a nasty signal.

Lack of 5GHz Wi-Fi help ought to be a deal breaker in the event you’re spending greater than $200 on a telephone, and it’s a limitation sometimes seen on telephones within the under-$300 vary. So likelihood is, the PVG100 will be a price range machine.

Different that that, we don’t know something in regards to the telephone, together with how — if in any respect — it’ll replicate Palm’s heritage. Are we getting a Pre-style slider with a bodily keyboard on the underside? Or simply some generic smartphone with the Palm title on it in a misguided try to reconnect with previous followers?

One ingredient which may supply some hints: this revival comes from TCL, the Chinese language electronics firm that’s behind Alcatel, which presents various price range telephones, and extra importantly, behind the previous couple of years of BlackBerry telephones, too. TCL’s BlackBerry gadgets embrace a mixture of touchscreen-only gadgets and telephones with keyboards on the underside, so it’s potential a few of that tech will make its approach right into a Palm-branded telephone subsequent.

TCL bought the Palm model again in 2014. In 2017, a TCL govt reportedly mentioned a Palm telephone would arrive the next yr. And again in March of this yr, Android Police reported {that a} Palm-branded telephone was deliberate for Verizon within the second half of 2018. Judging by these filings, it seems like TCL is on observe to hit that timeline.



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