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Palm unveils slimmer smartphone

It's the start of the new term for School, College and Uni. Which is a great time to announce this phone which is aimed to younger consumers. With the Palm Pixi, it comes with a limited edition set of handset covers which appeals more toward the young people due to the design.

Palm have unveiled a new phone, the Palm Pixi, aimed at younger consumers.

The new handset follows the launch of the Palm Pre earlier this year, which is regarded by many as as a competitor to Apple's iPhone.

Palm are making a concerted effort to resurrect their fortunes after once dominating the personal digital assistant (PDA) market.

The phone will initially be sold in the US through Sprint, but there are still no details on the European release.

It's "coming soon" for the Sprint network in USA with no release date for European market.

You can watch the video at http://www.palm.com/us/products/phones/pixi/index.html

The features are as follows:

  • Palm webOS
  • Combined Messaging
  • Real Websites
  • Linked Contacts
  • Built-in Location
  • Multiple activities
  • Photos, Music and Videos
  • Latered calendars
  • Access to App Catalog
  • Acces to Personal and Work e-mail
  • Palm Services (i.e. backup, remote erase data, etc)

    More after the jump... including a picture from one of the design.


    And the specifications:

    • Operating system: Palm webOS™ platform
    • Network specs: Dual-band CDMA2000. 3G: EvDO Rev A
    • Display: 2.63-inch touch screen with a vibrant 18-bit color. 320x400 screen resolution Sub-HVGA display
    • Email: Microsoft® Exchange email with Microsoft Direct Push Technology, POP3/IMAP (Yahoo! Mail, Gmail™, AOL, Hotmail®, etc)
    • Messaging: Integrated IM, SMS, and MMS
    • GPS: Built-in GPS
    • Digital camera: 2 megapixel camera with LED flash
    • Sensors: Ambient light, accelerometer, and proximity
    • Media formats supported: Audio Formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, AMR, QCELP, WAV
    • Video Formats supported: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264
    • Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth® wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
    • Memory: 8GB (~7GB user available)4
    • Connector: MicroUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
    • Headphone jack: 3.5mm stereo
    • Palm Synergy™: Includes aggregation for Facebook®, Google™, Microsoft® Office Outlook®, Yahoo! Mail, Google Talk™, AIM Instant Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger.5
    • Universal search: Searches user's applications, contacts, dialing information, and web.
    • Activity cards: Third party and ROM applications accessible as movable, multi-view cards.
    • Palm Services: Includes over-the-air backup, restore, remote erase, and software updates.
    • Palm Touchstone™ Charging Dock7 Compatible
    • Dimensions Width: 55.0mm (2.17 inches), Height: 111.0mm (4.37 inches), Thickness: 10.85mm (0.43 inches)
    • Weight: 99.5 grams (3.51 ounces)
    • What do you think of this phone? Is this something you would get for your kids? Or for yourself if you're one of these "younger consumers"?

      [Via: BBC News Technology]

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