To be launched end of April in Germany and France, the GSM/UMTS Palm Pixi Plus is the latest addition to Palm's portfolio of webOS smartphones. Running webOS 1.4, the Palm Pixi Plus features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz. The faster upload technology HSUPA isn't supported. Nevertheless and unlike the original Palm Pixi, the Palm Pixi Plus also features WiFi in addition to Bluetooth 2.0 and the Pixi-typical 2.6", 320 x 400 pixel capacitive touchscreen. The camera has also not received an upgrade and only supports 2 megapixel; at least it comes with a supporting flash LED. Like all webOS devices, the Pixi Plus features a QWERTY keyboard, which is a little bit smaller than the Palm Pre keyboard and less colorful.
Pixi-typical, the device sports less memory than the Palm Pre and therefore the Pixi Plus has 8 GB of user available memory only. Palm typical, the Pixi Plus also features the typical device mute switch, on the right side of the device, next to the volume rocker, also on the right side is the mini USB port for charging/synchronization - protected by a magnetic flap. On the top, users will have a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack.
The battery cover isn't exactly i cover but more a kind of jacket which covers the sides of the device as well. While it's not supporting Palm's Touch Stone, like the Palm Pre Touch Stone cover it's kind of soft touch and feels good.
As Palm announced in April, the Palm Pixi Plus will hit the German and French market end of April and will be available from Vodafone Germany, O2 Germany and SFR. O2 just announced that the Palm Pixi will be available contract-, SIM-free and unlocked for 389 Euro while it will be available from SFR for 349 Euro.
Cheers ~ Arne