A new phone will be hitting the market in November, but the super tiny device – Palm—isn’t meant to replace your current smartphone. Instead, it will be offered exclusively by Verizon as an add-on to your existing number.
Palm, created by former Samsung Executives Dennis Miloseski and Howard Nuk, will cost $349 and Verizon will charge $10 per month for its NumberShare service.
The pair licensed the Palm brand – well recognized for earlier devices like the Palm Pilot Palm Pre that have since been discontinued – through their California-based startup Palm Ventures from Chinese manufacturer TCL.
“We’re not bringing back the PDA,” Miloseski told Variety. “We’re focused on reinventing Palm with its roots in mobile innovation.”
The compact device weighs 2.2 ounces and features a 3.3-inch HD display, runs Android 8.1, Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing one, 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, and an 800mAh battery.
Palm is geared toward people who want to take the benefits of a smartphone with them on weekends or at events, but without the distraction of a full-sized device. One important feature is called Life Mode that turns off all notifications, and cellular and WiFi radios while the screen is off.
TCL manufactures the device, and is an investor in Palm Ventures, as is NBA star Stephen Curry.