Palm Pixi Specs 63
In many ways, the Pixi is to the Pre what the Centro was to the Treo. In some ways it’s the same phone, in others it’s a different beast. And a svelte beast this one is. Like the Pre, the Pixi features EVDO Rev. A, the touch sensitive gesture area, a full QWERTY keyboard, GPS, 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 8 GB of storage space (~7 GB user available), a MicroUSB port, proximity sensor, light sensor, accelerometer, ringer switch, the same 1150 mAh battery, and the same complement of Sprint services (NFL Mobile Live, NASCAR Sprint Cup, Sprint TV, Sprint Navigation, etc).
Where the Pixi most obviously differs is in layout. The phone is a slate-style device, featuring an exposed keyboard up front with an 18-bit color 320x400 pixel capacitive multi-touch display measuring 2.63 inches across. For comparison, the Pre’s screen is a 3.1 inch 320x480 screen, while the iPhone’s is 3.5 inches. The below-screen gesture area from the Pre carries over to the Pixi (we can likely expect it on all future webOS phones), though the card view button is not present - you now tap in the gesture area to pop up to the card view. Finally, the Pixi has a 2 megapixel camera with flash, compared to the Pre's 3 megapixel camera with flash. The Pixi also lacked the Pre's "extended depth of field" camera functionality.
The Pixi is also notably slimmer than most every other smartphone on the market. It is just 10.85 mm thin, less than the 12.3 mm iPhone 3Gs and the 16.95 mm Palm Pre. In fact, the Pixi is smaller in ever dimension than the iPhone and just a centimeter taller than a closed Pre. Complete dimensions are 10.85 mm deep, 111 mm tall, and 55 mm wide.
At 99.5 g (3.51 oz), the Pixi is also one of the lightest smartphones out there. For comparison, the iPhone 3Gs and Palm Pre both tip the scales at 135 g (4.8 oz).
Outward appearance isn’t the only place the Pixi differs from the Pre. The new phone sports Qualcomm’s new 'high-performance' MSM7627 chipset. In fact, it’s the first handset to launch with the new chipset, which Palm worked with Qualcomm to design. The Pixi also features and omission from the Pre, something that points to it slotting a lower-end status in Palm’s line-up: there’s no WiFi. While we don’t think that’s particularly cool, that and the smaller screen are two ways for Palm to easily differentiate the Pixi as a lower tier device than the Pre.
Changes aren’t just in the land of hardware, though. webOS will be seeing an update in the form of Yahoo! and LinkedIn joining Synergy. LinkedIn will bring full contact synchronization, even with details such as job titles. Yahoo sync will bring their contacts, calendar, and IM to the Pre. Both new additions will integrate with existing contacts to form the same unified contacts as webOS on the Pre, while Yahoo’s calendars will slot in with Google, Exchange, and Palm Profile and Yahoo IM will blend seamlessly with Google Talk, AIM, and SMS/MMS in the unified Messaging app. Oh, and support for Yahoo email will now be built in, with push!