The phone was developed under the codename “Pepito” by TCL, and is destined to be a Verizon exclusive when it launches later this year. What’s interesting is that it has a 3.3-inch display, which is even smaller than what was found on the original Apple iPhone (3.5 inches). However, the 720p display is a higher resolution than the revolutionary first-generation iPhone, which stood at 480×320.
To go along with its shrunken display is a miserly Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor that is backed by 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. However, Android Police points out that there could be larger storage variants made available for customers. There’s no word on if microSD cards will be supported.
The device is rumored to have an 800mAh battery and that it will run Android 8.1 Oreo. Given its small stature, TCL didn’t have room to add in a 3.5mm headphone jack, so we’re assuming that you’ll have to stick with USB-C and an adapter if you want to your existing wired headphones.
Is America really ready to return to such tiny smartphones, especially when decent Android phones can be had for so cheap these days? It remains to be seen, although we can see these being popular with parents to give to their children.