In addition to the Dell Aero announcement, today AT&T also announced the upcoming launch of two other smartphones: Palm's webOS-based smartphones Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus. The new smartphones will run on the carriers 3G network and take advantage of the ability to talk and surf the Web at the same time. Featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 850/1900 MHz, both devices will also feature WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 and integrated GPS. Palm's Synergy feature in webOS will keep E-Mails, contacts and calendars up to date with support for Yahoo!, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Microsoft Office Outlook - all in one view.
With a slider keyboard, a larger touchscreen and a high-performance processor, the Pre Plus is Palm's full-featured Palm webOS phone. It's designed for people who want an easy-to-use phone with advanced features to help manage the different aspects of their lives, both personal and professional. The keyboard makes for quick and easy typing, while the unique gesture area provides a sleek look and intuitive navigation. Customers also get 16 GB of storage (~15 GB user available) for applications and media. The Pre Plus comes with the Palm Touchstone Back Cover, so it's compatible out of the box with the revolutionary inductive Touchstone Charging Dock (sold separately).
As Palm's thinnest phone to date, the Pixi Plus fits easily in your hand or pocket and offers a host of powerful features, including WiFi. It's great for social communicators and first-time smartphone buyers who want an affordable and customizable phone with a full QWERTY keyboard instantly accessible for messaging and web content. Available in the original black as well as a new blue exclusive to AT&T, the Pixi Plus is designed to let you express yourself. With the color Palm Pixi Touchstone Back Covers and the Palm Pixi Artist Series Back Covers (www.palm.com/artistseries), which are compatible with the Touchstone Charging Dock, you can easily switch covers to suit your mood and style (all sold separately at www.palm.com/store).
The Palm Pre Plus will be available at US$ 149.99 and the Palm Pixi Plus will cost US$ 49.99, both after a two year contract and mail-in-rebate.
Cheers ~ Arne