The FCC has approved a device that’s almost certainly Verizon’s version of the Palm Pixi, a device that debuted this fall from Sprint.
The documentation filed with the FCC has had virtually all the details redacted, but the approval was given to Palm, Inc. and the product designation is “PIXEW”.
The connection to Verizon is slightly more tenuous. The FCC documents make it clear that the phone being approved will use CDMA, a cellular-wireless standard used by Verizon. The only other major U.S. carrier that uses it is Sprint, and obviously its version of the Pixi was approved long ago.
A New Feature
Possibly to make up for being the second U.S. carrier offering this inexpensive webOS based smartphone, Verizon’s version will apparently have something Sprint’s doesn’t: Wi-Fi.
In addition, this device will have EV-DO mobile broadband and Bluetooth.
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.