Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th Aug 2018 19:17 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

What you're seeing above is the first Palm smartphone since the Pre 3 was announced in 2011. Currently codenamed 'Pepito,' this new handset is headed for Verizon, and it's the possibly the weirdest Android phone of 2018. Sporting a tiny 3.3-inch 720p LCD screen, Pepito is easily the smallest Android device in years to be sold in the USA, and probably one of the smallest in the world. The diminutive size doesn't end at the display - this phone will have a tiny 800mAh battery, we've been able to confirm. That probably doesn't make this phone much of an all-day device, and it really is a bit of a head-scratcher.

The Pepito is powered by a Snapdragon 435 processor and, oddly, has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage according to our source. Of course, it's possible there could be multiple storage and RAM SKUs depending on region and operator. We don't have any information about where this device is being released aside from Verizon here in America.

Not the highest-specced phone, but I like the elegant design and tiny size - bucks the trend, really, in a welcome way. The logo needs some work though.

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Comment by satai
by satai on Sun 12th Aug 2018 20:27 UTC
satai
Member since:
2005-07-30

The battery capacity is about one third or one fourth of a reasonable size.

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RE: Comment by satai
by The123king on Mon 13th Aug 2018 07:53 UTC in reply to "Comment by satai"
The123king Member since:
2009-05-28

Doesn't matter if the power consumptionis a 3rd to a 4th that of a flagship phone

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RE[2]: Comment by satai
by satai on Mon 13th Aug 2018 18:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by satai"
satai Member since:
2005-07-30

The screen is tiny and the CPU is crappy. But it is on an old process and some power needs are the same (RAM, LTE, wifi, BT, GPS) and some stuff needs to be done anyway (so the CPU will stay on for longer time).

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Bigger and bigger phones
by Sodki on Mon 13th Aug 2018 06:24 UTC
Sodki
Member since:
2005-11-10

Some people don't want a big phone and there isn't really much market offering for them. This will fill a niche and maybe it will be successful. Remember all those naysayers that made fun of the Galaxy Note?

I scratch my head at the battery capacity, though. Maybe because of the small screen it will last more?

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RE: Bigger and bigger phones
by Kochise on Mon 13th Aug 2018 11:24 UTC in reply to "Bigger and bigger phones"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Perhaps a phone targeted to kids and the battery life would prevent them from spending too much time of their phone ?

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RE[2]: Bigger and bigger phones
by Sodki on Mon 13th Aug 2018 11:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Bigger and bigger phones"
Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

That would be even worse. They would be glued to their phones and to an electric plug.

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RE[3]: Bigger and bigger phones
by Kochise on Mon 13th Aug 2018 13:11 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Bigger and bigger phones"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

At least parents would just have to follow the wire to find their quiet kids at the other end.

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RE[4]: Bigger and bigger phones
by darknexus on Mon 13th Aug 2018 17:12 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Bigger and bigger phones"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

At least parents would just have to follow the wire to find their quiet kids at the other end.

Yep, and give it a good yank!

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Comment by The123king
by The123king on Mon 13th Aug 2018 07:56 UTC
The123king
Member since:
2009-05-28

Looks like the front screen of an iPhone 3G had a baby with the back of an iPhone X

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RE: Comment by The123king
by Milo_Hoffman on Mon 13th Aug 2018 17:40 UTC in reply to "Comment by The123king"
Milo_Hoffman Member since:
2005-07-06

The 3GS is still the best phone that Apple ever produced.

I would LOVE A 3GS with updated specs.

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What's the use?
by Delgarde on Mon 13th Aug 2018 08:36 UTC
Delgarde
Member since:
2008-08-19

What's a device like this actually useful for? A screen that small isn't going to be usable for most of the things you might normally want a smartphone for – my own phone is a 4.3", and that's almost unusable for a lot of apps and web sites these days.

Anything smaller, and you might as well just go with a dumb-phone and get decent battery life...

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RE: What's the use?
by Megol on Wed 15th Aug 2018 11:40 UTC in reply to "What's the use?"
Megol Member since:
2011-04-11

What's a device like this actually useful for? A screen that small isn't going to be usable for most of the things you might normally want a smartphone for – my own phone is a 4.3", and that's almost unusable for a lot of apps and web sites these days.


Do you have fingers like tree-trunks? Very bad and uncorrected vision? Only run terminal emulators set to 192x48 text?

Trying to understand...


Anything smaller, and you might as well just go with a dumb-phone and get decent battery life...


How about a small powerful smartphone with a big battery? Smaller screen means smaller dimensions making it possible to increase the thickness without becoming unwieldy - a win/win IOW.

IMO something like the HTC legend with smaller screen borders and removal of hardware keys would be close to perfect.

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HP Palm
by zima on Mon 13th Aug 2018 09:53 UTC
zima
Member since:
2005-07-06

So, HP still owns the remains of Palm?

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RE: HP Palm
by Vistaus on Mon 13th Aug 2018 14:52 UTC in reply to "HP Palm"
Vistaus Member since:
2018-03-21

Nope. TCL is the new owner (TCL also owns Alcatel and BlackBerry (but only the name BlackBerry for hardware, the actual BB is still Canadian but only develops software now)).

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RE[2]: HP Palm
by zima on Wed 15th Aug 2018 23:08 UTC in reply to "RE: HP Palm"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

What software is BlackBerry left with after their downfall?

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RE[3]: HP Palm
by Vistaus on Thu 16th Aug 2018 08:53 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: HP Palm"
Vistaus Member since:
2018-03-21

Android, but very, very secured. Works like a charm on my new KEY2 ;)

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RE[4]: HP Palm
by zima on Sun 19th Aug 2018 21:02 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: HP Palm"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Hm, and does Blackberry still own/develop QNX?...

I also wonder if TCL brings old hw engineering teams under its wings (Alcatel and BB maybe, Palm I doubt, it has been dead too long) or just buys the brand...

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Smallest Android Device
by hackercombat on Mon 13th Aug 2018 10:39 UTC
hackercombat
Member since:
2018-08-13

Nowadays everyone have minimum of 5 inch display mobiles on their hands. This palm's mobile screen is very small but it comes with 3gb ram which is better feature.

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RE: Smallest Android Device
by Vistaus on Mon 13th Aug 2018 14:53 UTC in reply to "Smallest Android Device"
Vistaus Member since:
2018-03-21

Everyone? My new BlackBerry KEY2 has a 4.5" screen, which is plenty big for me.

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Times have changed
by andywoe on Mon 13th Aug 2018 11:01 UTC
andywoe
Member since:
2018-05-18

In the 90's and early 2000's, having the smallest possible phone was *the* status symbol.

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RE: Times have changed
by Vistaus on Mon 13th Aug 2018 14:55 UTC in reply to "Times have changed"
Vistaus Member since:
2018-03-21

I remember that fondly. I always got picked at for having a phone "the size of a refrigerator" (their exact words!), but nowadays a lot of people are sporting devices that are twice the size of my big phones back then.

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RE: Times have changed
by daedalus on Tue 14th Aug 2018 07:46 UTC in reply to "Times have changed"
daedalus Member since:
2011-01-14

Yep, I loved my Nokia 6100. When everyone suddenly wanted a camera on their phone, this was one of the last without one. Lovely and compact, with a colour screen and decent Java apps available (I had a rather good conversion of Prince of Persia on mine), yet an excellent battery life, it was perhaps my favourite phone of the era. Simpler times...

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battery
by nicubunu on Mon 13th Aug 2018 11:18 UTC
nicubunu
Member since:
2014-01-08

I could see a few uses for such a device but the battery capacity would probably be a show stopper.

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Pity about the battery
by Lobotomik on Tue 14th Aug 2018 08:32 UTC
Lobotomik
Member since:
2006-01-03

If it ran long enough, at the right price, it would be a great phone to drop in your pocket when you go for a walk or a run in the outdoors, or out for a drink in your skintight pants.

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