updated 10:40 am EDT, Mon October 26, 2009
Palm Pixi due in three weeks for Sprint
Sprint today set final launch details for the Palm Pixi on its network. The smartphone will ship to the carrier's stores on November 15th and cost $100 on contract after both a $50 immediate discount and a $100 mail-in rebate. It's also now known to work with the Touchstone inductive charging dock but needs both the $80 add-on as well as a $20 back shell to charge without using wires.
The Pixi is the spiritual successor to the Centro and is the first candybar-shaped webOS phone, using a 2.6-inch multi-touch screen, 3G and GPS, but no Wi-Fi. It also shoots with a 2-megapixel camera and has 8GB of internal storage. Unlike the Pre, the Pixi ships with a native Facebook app in addition to linking Facebook contacts to the system through Synergy.
For now, the smartphone is exclusive to Sprint but represents Palm's current best hope following lackluster sales of the Pre in the months since June. The Pre had initially been criticized for a high price relative to its competitor, the iPhone 3GS, as well as early criticism about its small app store and comparatively slow performance.