Palm announced it’s newest webOS phone on Sprint this morning, the Palm Pixi. We’ve seen this one floating around the Intertubes as the Eos, but now we know the name of the Pre’s little brother–or sister– based on the name. It’ll be released exclusively on Sprint just in time for the holidays at a lower price point than the Palm Pre. Speaking of the Pre, it drops to $149.99 starting today, which suggests the Pixi will fall into $99 territory.
The good news?
It’s a slim 0.43-inches and has a full, visible keyboard. 8GB of storage, GPS, Bluetooth, and all the touchy-feely goodness of WebOS. It will also include a new Facebook app that promises easier status updating. On the inside, it’s packing Qualcomm’s high-performance MSM7627 chipset, which will hopefully improve overall battery life.
There will also be a variety of numbered, limited-edition Artist Series back plates for the Pixi, which will make their debut, along with the Pixi, at Fashion Week in New York this week.
The bad news?
The exposed keyboard steals 80 pixels of screen real estate. The Pixi’s screen is a spritely 2.63 inches with 320 x 400 resolution; the Pre has a 3.1-inch screen with 320 x 480 resolution. The camera on the Pixi is also 2.0 MP instead of the Pre’s 3.0 MP, which isn’t the end of the world if Palm uses the same optics as it did on the Pre. There’s also no Wi-Fi, but you’ll still be able to download music over-the-air.
But what about that name?
Pixi. A phone may still be a phone by any other name, but we’re not sure Pixi was the best choice. Thankfully, Palm didn’t emblazon the phone with “PIXI” in big letters across the back of it, but we have to wonder if guys will want to a buy a phone named Pixi.
Imagine checking your fantasy team stats on Sunday. Your buddy asks, “Hey, that’s a cool phone. What is it?”
“A Palm Pixi.”
You can almost hear the ref blow his whistle for a Man Law violation.
We’ll post a hands-on with the Pixi later today, but in the meantime, you tell us– would you buy a phone with a name synonymous with Tinker Bell?