Palm To Launch Pixi For $100 From November 15th

Palm's more affordable, entry level WebOS smartphone, Pixi, will be available for $100 on a two year contract from Sprint from the 15th of November.

The RRP of the phone is $250 but goes down significantly after a first $50 instant rebate as well as a $100 mail in rebate.

At $100, the Pixi - which was launched in September - costs the same as the iPhone 3G from Apple and available on AT&T.

The phone will be available in the US at Best Buy, Radio Shack and Wal-Mart stores.

Give the lag that exists between product launches in real life and on paper, we're confident that the Pixi will be sold sometimes in July 2010 in the UK, following the 10-months delay between the Pre demonstration at CES early this year and when it went on sale on O2.

The Pixi is a 2.63-inch smartphone with 8GB internal memory, a fixed keyboard, GPS, Bluetooth, a 2-megapixel camera with Flash; compared to the Palm Pre, the phone has a smaller screen, no WiFi, no slide out keyboard and a much slower processor.

Sprint started to sell the Pre in June and both Palm and the mobile phone network have kept silent as to how the iPhone rival performed when it came to sales numbers.

Our Comments

How will Verizon position Pixi vis-a-vis the Palm Pre? Both phones are more of less within touching distance when it comes to pricing but not features. The Pre is still, by some distance, the better of the two phones. The problem that Palm and Verizon will have is that the Pixi might prove to be too expensive for its own good.

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