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Palm Unveils 'Pixi' Budget webOS Smartphone

Gordon Kelly


Palm Unveils 'Pixi' Budget webOS Smartphone

While the world and its dog will be talking about the new iPods Apple will undoubtedly announce tonight, the real interest of the day could well be this news from rejuventated smartphone maker Palm...

The company has unveiled the (previously leaked) 'Pixi', Palm's follow-up to the Palm Pre and its second webOS based handset. Specs are perfectly adequate for what is expected to be an eminently affordable device: 2.63in 320 x 400 resolution capacitive, multi-touch display, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 8GB of onboard memory, a 3.5mm headphone jack, accelerometer and 2MP camera with flash. As for portability, 111 x 55 x 10.85mm and just 99.5g isn't going to stretch any pocket.

Other notables include EVDO connectivity (surely 3G for the UK) and sadly the (perhaps understandable) lack of WiFi and (completely mystifying) absence of a microSD expansion slot. More importantly however will be putting the beautiful, intuitive and multi-tasking webOS platform into the reach of the masses. After all Android may be picking up many fans, but for me webOS remains the best challenger to iPhone OS at the moment.

We don't know any pricing as yet, but the Palm Pixi will hit the US on Sprint "in time for the holidays". What this means for the UK as yet is unclear. Currently O2 has an exclusive deal with Palm, so it would seem the Pixi is hot favourite to turn up there, but given we have yet to see the Pre in Europe at all (and today already sees it discounted $50 to $150 on contract in the US) we may have to wait until 2010.

Yep, to me this is far more interesting than MP3 players...


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