Palm PVG100 Spotted in FCC Docs
A new Palm branded mobile device has been spotted in newly posted public FCC fillings. First spotted by the site, Android Police, the documents make numerous references to a Palm PVG100 model submitted by a company called the Palm Ventures Group, Inc.
The Palm PVG100 could very likely be the first new Palm branded device to launch since the brand went into retirement following HP's decision to retire the Palm product line in 2011. Rumors have been circulating every few years that TCL, which acquired the branding rights to the Palm name back in 2015, is planning on releasing new hardware under the Palm brand on modern hardware.
A further dig in the document list reveals some new details and hints about the potential relaunch of the Palm brand and new Palm devices in 2018.
Also spotted are records for the Palm PVG100 in a related WiFi Certification document. This document also lists some additional details about the PVG100 mentioning that it is powered by Android version 8.1 and will support at least the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band in b, g and n.
The FCC documents comprise of about 30 pdf files mostly covering various wireless test data and other regulatory compliance reports. The letter do reveal some new details about the company behind the Palm relaunch. First the company name is listed under the Palm Ventures Group, Inc. moniker.
Palm Ventures Group
Palm Ventures Groups lists its cofounder as Dennis Miloseski. According to his personal bio, Mr. Miloseski is a former VP of Design and R&D for Samsung's Design America office and prior he also spent time as a Head of Design at Google. At Samsung his team worked on projects creating the Samsung Gear Fit 1 & 2, Gear S & S2, Gear IconX, Gear Circle, Samsung Galaxy View, and the Samsung Level Headphone Line-up.
For more on Palm Ventures Group read our piece: Is Palm Ventures Group the new Palm?
In a letter dated July 27, 2018 the Palm Venture Group cofounders ask the FCC for a short term confidentiality request for an initial period of 180 days. This request covers the public release of the external and internal photos of the device as well as test setup photos and the user manual. This request can easily be rented and extended but may provide some clue as to the release timeframe.