Palm Pixi – a Smartphone for Younger Users

Taking the next step toward rebuilding its lineup of smartphones, Palm announced on Wednesday a new cellphone called the Pixi.

The Pixi is smaller than the Pre and made for texters.

Palm also announced it was dropping the price of its Pre smartphone by $50 to $150, with a two-year service agreement and after a $150 instant rebate and $100 mail-in rebate.

Given the name, the Pixi is aimed at younger customers than those who bought the Pre. The company said the phone would have a smaller touch screen and be slimmer than the Pre, but it would share many of the same features, including eight gigabytes of storage and GPS navigation capabilities. Like the Pre, the Pixi runs on the company?s new operating system, called WebOS, which promises speedy Web browsing.



Operating system

Palm webOS? platform

Network specs1

Dual-band CDMA2000
3G: EvDO Rev A


2.63-inch touch screen with a vibrant 18-bit color 320×400 screen resolution Sub-HVGA display


Microsoft? Exchange email with Microsoft
Direct Push Technology
POP3/IMAP (Yahoo! Mail, Gmail?, AOL, Hotmail?, etc)


Integrated IM, SMS, and MMS


Built-in GPS

Digital camera

2 megapixel camera with LED flash


Ambient light, accelerometer, and proximity

Media formats supported

Audio Formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, AMR, QCELP, WAV
Video Formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth? wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support


8GB (~7GB user available)4


MicroUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

Headphone jack

3.5mm stereo

Palm Synergy?

Includes aggregation for Facebook?, Google?, Microsoft? Office Outlook?, Yahoo! Mail, Google Talk?, AIM Instant Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger.5

Universal search

Searches user’s applications, contacts, dialing information, and web.

Activity cards6

Third party7 and ROM applications accessible as movable, multi-view cards.

Palm Services8,9

Includes over-the-air backup, restore, remote erase, and software updates.

Palm Touchstone?

Charging Dock7



Width: 55.0mm (2.17 inches)
Height: 111.0mm (4.37 inches)
Thickness: 10.85mm (0.43 inches)


99.5 grams (3.51 ounces)

Email, mobile number, and related information required for setup and activation. Required data plan not included; use of select unlimited data bundle plans required.

  • 1 Within wireless coverage area only. Actual speeds may vary.
  • 2 Within wireless coverage area only. Microsoft Exchange email and Direct Push Technology available for ActiveSync only; requires Microsoft Outlook using Microsoft Exchange server 2003 with SP2 or Exchange Server 2007.
  • 3 Within wireless coverage area only. Voice-activated, as-you-go, turn by turn directions sold separately.
  • 4 Estimate subject to change based on system software and application usage.
  • 5 Layered calendars and linked contacts for Outlook require Exchange ActiveSync and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 SP2 or later, sold separately.
  • 6 Performance varies based upon actual usage.
  • 7 Sold separately.
  • 8 Back up and restore is within wireless coverage area and over the air only. Contacts, Calendar, Memo, and Tasks not already synched in another location; applications from the App catalog; credentials for Email, Contacts, Calendar, Photos, or Instant Messaging; and preferences for Contacts, Calendar, and Tasks.
  • 9 Erase device command sent via SMS and must be received by activated phone within 24 hours. Within wireless coverage area only.