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Palm Pixi  (Source: Palm)
Pixi will be on Sprint network by holiday season

Palm has been struggling in recent years after being one of the more successful companies in the technology realm in the heyday of PDAs. When the smartphone started to replace the PDA, Palm found it harder to compete.

Palm announced its first webOS smartphone back at CES in January and the Pre hit the market earlier this summer to lackluster sales on the Sprint network. Palm today has announced a new webOS device also bound for Sprint called the Pixi.

Palm hails the Pixi as its thinnest phone yet. The Pixi has a full keyboard that is on the front of the phone like a Blackberry rather than hidden under the screen with a slider form factor like the Pre. Palm is mum on an exact launch date for the Pixi, but says it will hit the Sprint network in time for the holidays.

“With Palm webOS, we’re creating a new, more intuitive smartphone experience defined by unmatched simplicity and usefulness,” said Jon Rubinstein, Palm chairman and chief executive officer. “Palm Pixi brings this unique experience to a broader range of people who want enhanced messaging and social networking in a design that lets them express their personal style.”

Palm will also offer the Pixi in an Artists Series with covers for the device unveiled at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York starting tomorrow. The Pixi includes the webOS platform and the handset operates on dual-band CDMA2000 and 3G EVDA Rev A networks. The screen of the Pixi is a 2.63-inch unit with 18-bit color and a resolution of 320 x 400.

The device supports email with direct push technology, Exchange support, and Pop3/IMAP account support. Full messaging features are supported with MMS, IM, and SMS and GPS is integrated. Pixi has a 2-megapixel camera with LED flash and Palm equipped the phone with ambient light, acceleration, and proximity sensors.

The handset supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, AMR, QCELP, WAV audio formats and MPEG-4, H.263, H.264 video formats. Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo is supported as well. Internal memory is 8GB, but only 7GB is accessible by the user. A 3.5mm headphone jack is built-in, the device features Palm Synergy, and the other webOS features that the Pre offers. Overall dimensions are 2.17-inches W x 4.37-inches H x 0.43-inches D and it weighs 3.51 ounces.

Palm also confirmed the rumored price cut on the Pre. Starting today the Pre is available for $149.99 with a new 2-year agreement after a $150 instant rebate and a $100 mail-in rebate.

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RE: Good luck to them!
By TMV192 on 9/9/2009 11:10:22 AM , Rating: 2
I think the Pre has done well for Palm, just the anouncement at CES doubled Palm's stock price and though the launch could have been better, I think they are very much considered a top contender again in the smartphone space being Sprint's flagship phone.

The Pre itself has a ARM Cortex CPU and 256MB RAM, similar to the iPhone 3GS, and software wise it is very well-refined for a first generation OS (compared to when Android released) and the best-multitasking implementation to date. Even if the Pixi doesn't get the Cortex CPU, I can't imagine it being lower than the ARM11 on the iPhone 3G.

RE: Good luck to them!
By StevoLincolnite on 9/9/2009 12:15:54 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know why you were voted down, you were pretty much on the money.

I think the biggest issue I have had with Palm is simply: Brand recognition/advertising/customer awareness. - Here I have never seen a single advertisement for the Palm Pre, if I didn't visit Anandtech/Dailytech I wouldn't even know it existed. (Then again, I don't think the Palm is being sold in Australia yet anyway).

Which brings it down to the average Joe... do they buy a phone they have never heard of? Or follow the crowd and go for an iPhone?

Personally I refuse to get a Phone on a Plan, expensive Data rates and call rates are abound here and it's to easy to get caught, I've seen several people end up with multi-thousand dollar bills because of it.
Thus I only opt for a Prepaid option and buy the phone out-right, if the Pre was available here as a Prepaid option, I would personally jump all over it like flies to a cow Paddie.

RE: Good luck to them!
By clovell on 9/9/2009 12:42:02 PM , Rating: 2
Eh, him and I directly replied to an OP with a rating of -1, so we start with a rating of 1 for 'feeding the trolls', I guess.

RE: Good luck to them!
By foolsgambit11 on 9/9/2009 1:19:27 PM , Rating: 2
I imagine it will pretty much have to have a Cortex if it is going to maintain the Pre's multitasking capabilities. Anything else will really cripple this phone.

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