Palm smartphone from TCL is probably budget model

Aug

7

2018

upcoming Palm smartphone from TCL is certified by FCC and the WiFi Alliance. Many details are not yet known, but the device appears to only support WiFi on 2.4GHz. That probably makes it a budget model.

The device is registered as PVG100 with the FCC and the WiFi Alliance, discovered Android Police . Publicly available documents do not make much sense, so it is not clear whether it is a device with a physical keyboard. However, it is visible that there is only support for Wi-Fi on 2.4GHz and thus it is almost impossible that it is a high-end device.

Support for 5GHz WiFi is common in the middle segment and the high price category on modern smartphones. It is unlikely that TCL will release a high-end device that only supports WiFi on 2.4 GHz. The BlackBerry devices that the manufacturer has released in recent years, support WiFi at 5GHz, also relatively cheap models such as the DTEK50. That device had an introductory price of 339 euros.

The Palm phone will run Android 8.1 Oreo. According to earlier rumors , the device will be released by the end of this year. Because TCL has now received the necessary certificates from the FCC and WiFi Alliance, a release in the coming months is possible.

Palm had success in the early years of this century with its PDA’s and smartphones running on webOS. The sales then went back, after which the company was bought by HP in 2010. In 2014, HP sold the brand name Palm to TCL. Last year in August , TCL announced that it would release products with the Palm brand name. TCL has been running BlackBerry smartphones in Europe for some time.

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