It’s now on a ‘companion phone,’ which is essentially a small, more portable smartphone that shares your existing number and is available only with a Verizon carrier contract.
The 5cm x 9.7 cm Android-based ‘handset’ features a 3.3.-inch LCD screen, a 12-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel shooter on the front, and a low-end Snapdragon 435 chip paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage.
As The Verge noted, the idea is for you to use the Palm as a ‘weekender phone’, one that fits more easily in your pocket when you’re out and about, while still staying connected to receive important alerts and calls.
I haven’t had a chance to live with the new Palm yet, so it isn’t fair to dismiss it entirely.
But I can safely say this has limited appeal, and will likely only attract a niche segment of smartphone users who are having trouble limiting the time they spend with their mobile devices.
It’s certainly not built for someone like me in India: We don’t do carrier plans for phones for the most part, and most folks have moved away from SMS to messaging services like WhatsApp (thanks to access to some of the cheapest data plans on the planet).