Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Palm, which is putting all of its hopes on its webOS operating system, has just announced the “Pixi,” which is the follow-up to the Palm Pre.
As with the Palm Pre, the device will be available through Sprint, but not until the holidays for an unknown price. The phone essentially sounds like the second-generation of the Pre. It is thinner and has a full keyboard, rather than a slider. It also has a number of “personalization” options, like limited-edition Artist Series covers, that are expected to attract younger users.
The unveiling of the Pixi was likely undermined by a pricing snafu that listed the Pre as $100 today, or 50 percent off. The promotion was pulled by Sprint before it even got off the ground. However, now it appears that deal was not too far off. In the same release announcing the Pixi, Palm said that the Pre is now available for $149.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $150 instant rebate and $100 mail-in rebate—that’s 50 bucks off the original price tag.