You may or may not know the fact that Chinese company took over Palm from HP earlier this year. They announced that at CES and we haven’t heard anything since. Well today we learn new info, potentially related to a new Palm product.
First of all, Palm is said to keep independence under TCL supervision, pretty much like Alcatel when it was bought by the same company. Palm will also benefit from TCL’s full R&D power. TCL’s CEO, Guo Aiping said that while Palm is preparing a new product or two, it’s not going to be a smartphone. It will still be related to “handhelds, the Internet and mobility”, but it won’t be seen as a phone.
We can’t help but think of a smartwatch, tablet or even VR headset at this point. TCL is doing very well in China and internationally, with 73 million devices sold last year, so it’s a force to be reconned with. We’ll remind you that back in 2009 and 2010 Palm was still an impressive brand, with the Pre models and cool multitasking based on cards included in its WebOS platform.
HP took the company over, dismembered it, sold WebOS to LG, that put it on TVs and now it’s time for a rebirth. Or is it?