Several years ago, TCL (the company that’s also building BlackBerry-branded smartphones) acquired the Palm brand. At the time, there was speculation that we might see a new Palm-branded smartphone at some point in the future.
It took a couple of years, but in 2017 we heard that 2018 would finally be the year we’d see a new Palm smartphone. Unfortunately for some. that handset wouldn’t be running webOS — the software that made the original Palm smartphones what they were — but would instead be running Android.
And sure enough we heard earlier this year that we’d see a new Palm phone sometime before the end of 2018. Now a device known as “PVG100″ has passed through the approval processes for both the FCC and the Wi-Fi Alliance.
In both cases, these are typically the tail-end of the approval process for a new device, so it’s likely that we will see this new Palm Android smartphone soon. The two filings don’t give a lot away, but we do know that this PVG100 will offer Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and that it will only support 2.4GHz Wi-Fi. There is no support for faster 5GHz Wi-Fi networks.
That’s about all we know at this point. There are no pictures to go along with these filings, so we don’t know if this is a device that will look like the old Palm phones, including a slide-out physical keyboard.
Are you hoping for some exciting things with this new Palm Android phone?