Sprint has cut the price of the Palm Pixi in half. This is clearly an attempt at bolstering sales of this entry-level smartphone, which have been lackluster, despite genrally positive reviews from experts and users.
Yesterday, Palm admitted that sales of its latest models aren’t meeting expectations. A price cut the after this annuncment isn’t a surprise — such drops are one of the best tools companies have to increase sales of their products.
The New Price
The Pixi debuted exclusively from Sprint in November. At launch, it sold for $100 with a two-year service contract.
As of today, Sprint is selling this model for $50 with two-year contract and a $100 mail-in rebate.
An Overview of the Palm Pixi
The Pixi can be thought of as the successor to Palm’s popular Centro series. Like those earlier consumer-friendly models, it has an easily pocketable design with a touchscreen, keyboard, and an affordable price.
This device has a tablet shape, with a 2.6-inch, 320-by-400-pixel, capacitive touchscreen. This display is smaller and has a lower resolution screen than its predecessor, the Palm Pre, but the Pixi itself is smaller and lighter, and sells for a lower price.
This smartphone runs Palm’s webOS, a multi-tasking operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and Microsoft Exchange.
It comes with a highly-capable web browser, email software, and multimedia player. Additional third-party applications are also available.
This device has 8 GB of built-in storage, 3G wireless access, a 2.0 MPx camera, a GPS receiver, and a 3.5 mm headset jack.