We live in the era of the reboot. But forget movie reboots — we’re talking about phone reboots. BlackBerry’s still launching phones with hardware keyboards, Nokia is back from the dead, and now we may be treated to a reboot of the Palm.
While we heard a few rumors and reports about an upcoming Palm device, the latest leak is our best look at the phone yet. The report comes from Android Police, which notes that the tiny phone will sport a 3.3-inch display with a 720p resolution. According to Android Police, the phone is code-named Pepito, and will be one of the smallest Android phones in the world. Because of its size, the phone will also boast a small battery, reportedly coming in at 800mAh.
Under the hood, Android Police reports that the phone will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The phone will reportedly be released exclusively by Verizon. Android Police also managed to get ahold of an image of the upcoming phone, which can be seen below.
The new rumors corroborate previous reports from Android Police, which noted a device called the PVG100 by Palm Venture Group (which is now owned by TCL) filed with the Federal Communications Commission last week. In June, it also passed through the Wi-Fi Alliance certification program.
In March, Android Police broke the story that a new Palm device may launch on Verizon in the second half of this year. The rumor, which cites an anonymous source, echoed rumors that were sparked last year when a TCL executive confirmed that the company wanted to launch a Palm device in 2018. Seeing as how we’re already a little more than halfway through the year, there’s not much time left to release the device.
TCL seems to be building a reputation as the company that revives old smartphone brands, despite otherwise being known for its TVs. TCL is also the company behind the recent BlackBerry revival. While it is popular, the Palm brand doesn’t necessarily hold as much weight as BlackBerry or Nokia, so it will be interesting to see how the company can effectively market a new Palm device. Of course, Nokia does seem to have done pretty well for itself so far — the flagship Nokia 8 Sirocco is well-designed and features some pretty nice flagship specs, like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and 6GB of RAM.
It does make sense that Verizon would be the company to carry the newly revived Palm. Verizon intended to carry the Palm Pre 3, a phone that was canceled by HP, Palm’s then-buyer before the phone could be launched in the U.S.
Updated on August 9: Latest leak from Android Police details specs and design for Palm Pepito.