Palm to reveal second smart phone – Pixi will be Pre’s sibling

9 Sep 2009

Palm has unveiled a smaller, cheaper version of its Pre smart phone device, the delightfully titled Pixi, which will come with a 2-megapixel camera, 8Gb of memory and GPS capability.

It is understood that Sprint will be the first carrier in the US to carry the device.

The Palm Pixi will be positioned to capture a segment of the social media-obsessed marketplace with the ability to use Palm’s Synergy technology to integrate LinkedIn and Yahoo! contacts as well as sporting a new Facebook application.

“All the power of Palm webOS – including multitasking activity cards, Palm Synergy, intuitive notifications, and universal search – will soon be available in a striking new form factor,” Palm executive Jon Zilber wrote on the official Palm blog.

“Palm Pixi – due on the Sprint network in time for the holidays – is Palm’s thinnest phone ever. With a visible full keyboard and rubberised back cover, Palm Pixi is especially handy for extensive messaging and social networking,” Zilber said.

The device features a universal search tool that looks through contacts and apps, then offers to search Google, Google Maps, Wikipedia or Twitter. One more tap opens up Google Maps, and gets you one step closer to whatever you’re looking for.

The device is expected to retail for US$149 and to commemorate its launch Palm has introduced a colourful Artist Series of commissioned limited-edition back covers for the device.

Photo: The Palm Pixi.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years