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Palm Unveils 'Pixi' Budget webOS Smartphone

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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...

Link:

Palm Pixi Product Page

lifethroughalens

September 9, 2009, 6:15 pm

I have to say that i've always quite liked the idea of this...but with a feature rich OS like Web OS, it's such a shame to cripple it and so many apps that would benefit from a WiFi connection - that's a really poor decision, even more so that the lack of a micro SD expansion port.





Even if this countries 3G carriers actually worked, reliably and at speed (as opposed to the shocking slow, patchy & totally undependable cr@p we pay for now)...it would still be a poor decision!





I'm sure the Pixi 2 will come with Wifi and an SD slot and a 3.2-5 MP camera - which would probably only add another $20 to the cost price.

xenos

September 10, 2009, 6:09 am

This is aimed squarely at business users who time after time are buying blackberries as second phones because they are under the impression they are good for email. The problem with blackberries are the BES costs and additional BES data costs from the network provider when using Microsoft Exchange. This will use activesync (FREE). I will probably end up selling a load of these...

TheFlyingGerbil

September 10, 2009, 3:30 pm

@Xenos: I just can't imagine a business man coming in and asking to see your pixis. What an awful name for a big, black phone.

xenos

September 11, 2009, 6:29 am

@Joe - LOL this is true, but they will just call it a Palm. Nobody asks to see your Storm or Curve...

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