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Palm Pixi Goes On Sale In US On 20th, In UK By December?

Palm is set to debut the small sister of the Pre, the Pixi on the 20th of October with the budget smartphone expected to arrive in the UK by the end of the year.

According to Boy Genius Report, the webOS-based device will be available in Best Buy and Sprint corporate stores. The Pixi first caught our eyes earlier in September and should prove to be a winner.

The phone comes in a candy bar format with a section of the screen being touch sensitive and a Facebook application as standard. Furthermore, the device comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and is a mere 11mm thick, weighing only 100g.

The 67mm screen can show 320x400 pixel and the Pixi also packs a 8GB onboard storage, GPS, Bluetooth, a 2-megapixel camera plus a 3.5mm headphone socket.

But it could face competition from the Pre itself whose price has been reduced by Amazon and Walmart. In the latter's case, Palm's flagship smartphone has been flogged for as little as $80.

In contrast, the Pixi will be available for a subsidised price of $149. The Pre is set to be launched in the UK on the 16th of October, so it makes sense for the Pixi to be launched before Christmas.

Our Comments

BGR asks a pertinent question. With the Pre and so many other great mobile phones out, who will care about the Pixi. Well, it depends on the standalone price, something that Palm has yet divulge. If it is priced around £200, it will have more chance of selling more units. Otherwise, it might compete with the Pre itself, not something Palm wants.

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