Palm, a brand that had its heyday in the pre-iPhone era, is trying another comeback with a new pair of wireless earphones, called the Palm Buds Pro.
Palm Buds Pro was announced in a press release, in which the most notable detail is an approval from NBA superstar Stephen Curry, who said, “The Palm Buds Pro is the best choice for all my training sessions.” However, Curry is an investor and advisor to Palm.
Palm is offering a Buds Pro $ 99 pre-order discount to start; the price goes up to $ 129 after November 9th. The initial pricing may help Palm outperform the competition from other big brands like Apple and Sennheiser, but overall it is heading into an incredibly crowded field and may have a hard time standing out.
Palm Buds Pro uses large 10mm drivers for what Palm Ventures co-founder Howard Nuk suggests will be “studio quality sound and enhanced bass.” They have six microphones to control active noise reduction, an ambient noise level and ambient noise reduction to improve the volume of calls. Palm promises up to six hours of battery life from the buds themselves and 24 hours including the extra charge in the case. Palm Buds Pro works with Google Assistant and Siri, giving Android and iPhone users access to their personal assistants.
That said, Palm Buds Pro positions as perhaps a bit more unique than they are. OnePlus Buds Pro and Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro are at the same price, have competitive features and come from brands with slightly stronger credentials lately.
Palm notes that the team is “well versed in audio product development” with Palm Ventures founders who have previously worked on Beats by Dre and Samsung headphones. But how much of the expertise went into the design of these earphones is a lingering question when an almost identical pair of earphones was discovered by The Verge with a quick search on Amazon.
Palm’s new earphones may at least have an easier time appealing to new customers than the semi-new Palm Phone.