It’s 2018 and smartphones with 6.4 inch displays don’t really seem all that strange anymore. So how do you make a device that stands out? Give it a tiny screen… or something.

That seems to be the approach Chinese device maker TCL is planning to take with a new Palm-branded smartphone expected to launch sometime this year.

Android Police

TCL makes and sells phones under the Alcatel name, and the company also manufacturers most BlackBerry-branded devices. A while back TCL also acquired the rights to use the Palm name and recently the phone received FCC and WiFi certification.

Now Android Police has received some exclusive images and details suggesting that the phone will have a 3.3 inch display, making it one of the smallest Android phones sold since screens started getting big.

If the report is to believed, here’s what we can expect from the upcoming TCL/Palm phone, which is said to be code-named Pepito:

  • 3.3 inch, 720p LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • 800 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1
  • Titanium and Gold color options

The phone is expected to be available from Verizon in the United States. There’s no word on whether it will work with other carriers in the US or other countries, and there’s no word on the price.

I’m also curious to know what kind of battery life the phone will get. While the small screen and low-power processor aren’t likely to be too power hungry, that battery still seems really small by modern standards.

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9 replies on “TCL may be taking the Palm name literally: 3.3 inch Palm smartphone leaked”

  1. I am disappointed that it looks like any other smartphone. A Palm at least needs a stylus.

    1. I loved the stylus when I had my Palm. I was hoping it would look more like the older Palm phones. I had a couple of them and liked them.

  2. The constant march to larger and larger screens is really sad. The XZ1 Compact is the last non-iPhone that isn’t over 5 inches and has flagship-esque specs. I was banking on the Librem5 but even they jumped the shark on size.. There needs to be a reasonably higher spec’d option on the market that is still under 5″ As others have said here it would sell well.

    1. I am not opposed to large phones. I just think there should be a wide range of screen sizes available on reasonably powerful phones.

    2. I was considering the Sony XZ2 Compact which is a nice size. Meanwhile, I’ve still got my ZTE Citrine LOL 🙂

  3. I think there is room for a small phone in the market. I am not sure one with these low end specs are what is needed. 3.5″ to 4″ screen (AMOLED), SD 600 series processor, 4GB RAM, 64/128GB storage, microSD card slot, headphone jack, and for God’s sake, don’t make it so super thin! Add a battery that will run the thing for at least 2 full days. Oh, and no glass back – polycarbonate or aluminum please. Made with really small bezels too. At a reasonable price (about $300) and I think they would sell as fast as they could be made.

  4. If it had all the standard sensors (like Gyro, NFC, etc.) and headphone jack I would be very interested. Alas, they sadly seem to be skipping the headphone jack. Iphone 3GS was 3.5 inch across the screen in 3:2 format and it worked fine (and also had 3.5mm headphone jack).

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