Palm launches Pixi in time for holidays

Aiming to capitalize on the success of the Pre, Palm has launched a smaller, cheaper version called the Pixi.

The phone has a smaller touchscreen than the Pre, with a full Qwerty keyboard and two-megapixel camera. But, like the Pre, it has a solid 8GB of memory and GPS capability.

“With Palm webOS, we’re creating a new, more intuitive smartphone experience defined by unmatched simplicity and usefulness,” said Jon Rubinstein, Palm chairman and chief executive officer.

A new Facebook application will be available. And as well as linking information from Google, Facebook and Exchange ActiveSync, Palm Pixi adds Yahoo! and LinkedIn integration through its Palm Synergy feature, assembling it all in a single view.

Presumably aiming at a younger market, the company is offering a series of numbered, limited-edition back covers.

The Palm Pixi is scheduled to be available from Sprint in time for the holidays. Pricing will be announced closer to the day.