Following the previous information via Twitter and Palm's German website, Palm today announced that it will bring the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus to the market for both O2 and Vodafone customers. The Pre Plus and Pixi Plus showcase the defining features of Palm webOS, including the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously and easily move between them; the power of Palm Synergy, which brings customers' information from the many places it resides into a single, more comprehensive view; unobtrusive notifications; and universal search. Palm webOS also has a unique model of over-the-air software updates that delivers new features and performance improvements directly to a user's phone.
With a slider keyboard, a larger touchscreen and a high-performance processor, 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. 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, Pixi Plus fits easily in your hand or pocket and offers a host of powerful features. It's great for social communicators and first-time smartphone buyers who want an affordable phone with a full QWERTZ keyboard instantly accessible for messaging and web content. With the color Palm Pixi Touchstone Back Covers and the Palm Pixi Artist Series Back Covers, which are compatible with the Touchstone Charging Dock, you can easily switch covers to suit your mood and style (all will be sold separately at www.palm.com/de).
Both phones offer O2 and Vodafone customers greater flexibility for access to the Internet with WiFi. In addition, the Palm mobile hotspot, a webOS app that can be downloaded from the Palm App Catalog, enables Pre Plus or Pixi Plus to act as a mobile WiFi router. Customers can share wireless Internet connectivity with up to five WiFi-enabled devices, such as notebooks, gaming devices and portable media players.
A significant advantage of Palm webOS applications is that they can be integrated into the core webOS experience, including linked contacts, layered calendars, notifications and GPS, providing a rich catalog of innovative and unique offerings for Palm webOS users. The growing Palm App Catalog offers some of the best apps in the market, such as rich 3D games like "Need for Speed Undercover" and "Guitar Hero."
The Palm Pre Plus and the Palm Pixi Plus phones will be available in Germany from April 28. Neither Palm nor Vodafone or O2 have announced any prices yet. Furthermore it's yet unknown if and wehn the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus will hit the UK, Ireland and Spain where Telefónica and O2 initially launched the Palm Pre.
Cheers ~ Arne