AT&T introduced the Palm Pixi Plus earlier this week at $50 with contract, but the carrier has already dropped the need for consumers to pay anything for this consumer-oriented webOS smartphone, just sign a two-year service contract.
The Pixi Plus is focused on messaging, and has a slim design with a keyboard fixed below its touchscreen. It also sports 3G, Wi-Fi, and 8 GB of storage.
This is AT&T’s second model running Palm’s webOS, as the Pre Plus debuted last month.
An Overview of the Palm Pixi
The Pixi Plus can be thought of as the successor to Palm’s popular Centro series. It has a tablet shape, with a 2.6-inch capacitive Touchscreen with 320 x 400 pixel resolution.
The model is smaller and lighter than AT&T’s other Palm model, the Pre Plus.
The Pixi Plus includes 8 GB of built-in storage, a 2.0 MPx camera, and a 3.5 mm headset jack. It also offers 3G wireless access, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, and a GPS receiver.
This smartphone runs the webOS, the replacement for the venerable Palm OS. This is a multi-tasking, touch-oriented operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google, Yahoo and Facebook, as well as Microsoft Exchange.
The webOS includes an on-device app store, and a growing collection of third-party software is available.
The Pixi Plus is available now on AT&T’s website. Verizon is also offering a version of this smartphone, and Sprint has the original Palm Pixi.