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Palm Pixi smartphone launches on Sprint first
Posted on 9-Sep-2009 18:24. | Tags Filed under: News.

Palm Pixi smartphone launches on Sprint first
Palm, Inc. has announced the Palm Pixi phone with the Palm webOS platform in a faster, more compact and customizable design.

“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.”

In addition to linking personal information from Google, Facebook and Exchange ActiveSync, Palm Pixi adds Yahoo! and LinkedIn integration to Palm Synergy and assembles it all in a single view. The new services being added allow users to get Yahoo! contacts, calendar and IM, and access to LinkedIn contacts, including job titles. Synergy on Palm Pixi makes messaging easier by showing all of a users' conversations with the same person in one chat-style thread, regardless of where the conversations started or progress.

Complementing the phone’s rich Facebook integration with the contacts, phone, calendar and photo applications, a new Facebook application will be available with Palm Pixi so users can see and comment on all the latest news from your friends, as well as easily update your status.

The phone’s full QWERTY keyboard is fully visible and the multi-touch screen lets you move back and forth between open applications using natural gestures. The removable back cover is rubberized, making it scratch-resistant, slip-resistant and durable.

With the new device Palm is introducing the Palm Pixi Artist Series. Designed by some of today’s most unique and compelling artists, these numbered, limited-edition back covers let you change designs to suit your mood.

You can also tailor Palm Pixi to your interests with downloadable applications from the Palm Beta App Catalog, including the latest entertainment and social networking applications such as Local Concerts by iLike, and Yelp. You can use Palm media sync to customize your phone with music, photos and videos from iTunes (Versions 8.1.1-8.2.1), or use the on-device Amazon MP3 store to purchase individual songs or full albums over-the-air.

The Palm Pixi features high-speed mobile connectivity based on CDMA EVDO Rev. A, 2.63-inch (18-bit color 320x400) multi-touch screen, integrated GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with support for A2DP Stereo Bluetooth. It comes with 8GB of internal user storage.

An internal accelerometer automatically orients web pages and photos to the user's perspective. The device measures 55mm (W) x 111mm (L) x 10.85mm (D) [2.17 in. (W) x 4.37 in. (L) x 0.43 in. (D)] and weighs 99.5 grams (3.51 ounces).

The Palm Pixi phone is scheduled to be available from Sprint in time for the holidays. Pricing for the phone, as well as the limited-edition Palm Pixi Artist Series covers, will be announced closer to availability.

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