Information leaking out of Asia helps confirm that Verizon Wireless will begin offering the Palm Pixi early next year. This entry-level smartphone running the new webOS is already available from Sprint, but Verizon is expected to pick it up, and the Palm Pre, too.
A source at Compal Communications, the company manufacturing the Pixi for Palm, has revealed that Verizon had originally intended to launch this model in the fourth quarter of this year, but it ran into delays in Verizon’s certification process.
An Enhanced Version?
Earlier this month, the FCC approved a device that’s almost certainly Verizon’s version of the Palm Pixi. This includes a feature not in Sprint’s model: Wi-Fi.
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.
As mentioned earlier, 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, 2.0 MPx camera, a GPS receiver, and a 3.5 mm headset jack.
Coming Next Week?
Palm, Inc. has scheduled a press event for the Consumer Electronics Show in early January, and Verizon’s version of the Palm Pixi could be in the offing.
It’s also possible that Verizon is going to announce its plans to offer a second webOS-based model, an version the Palm Pre, at this event as well.