Sunnyvale, Calif. - Palm today introduced a smaller version of its Palm Pre smartphone, called the Pixi, that will be available in time for the holidays exclusively from Sprint.
The Pixi multi-touch smartphone is expected to be less expensive than the Pre, although Palm has not yet announced a price.
Both the Pixi and the Pre use Palm's new WebOS, designed to compete with the iPhone. The Pixi is thinner that the Pre and has a 2.63-inch multi-touch screen and QWERTY keyboard. Using an EV-DO Rev. A wireless connection, the device also has integrated GPS, built-in 2-megapixel camera, 8GB memory and stereo Bluetooth.
The Pixi can link information on Google, Facebook and Exchange ActiveSync into a single view, and it also ties in information from Yahoo! and LinkedIn. Users can get their Yahoo! contacts, calendar and IM, and access their LinkedIn contacts, including job titles. Users can also start a conversation on AIM Instant Messenger, Google Talk or Yahoo! Messenger and continue it by text message later, with conversation appearing as a single thread.
The Pixi has a removable rubberized back cover that can be swapped with a series of artist-designed, limited-edition back covers that Palm will display at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York (Sept. 10-17).
The device can sync with iTunes, and it supports downloadable apps from the Palm Beta App Catalog.
Palm also announced it lowered the price of the Pre, to $149 after rebates, from $199.