CES 2010: Palm unveils new Pre and Pixi handsets
Palm is launching two new mobile phones that use its webOS operating system
The Palm Pre Plus and the Palm Pixi Plus go on sale in the United States later this month, but Palm has not said whether the handsets – successors to the critically acclaimed Pre, which was launched last autumn – will be available in the UK and Ireland.
The touch-screen Pre Plus has double the 8GB memory of the original Pre, a more streamlined design, and has a new backplate which allows users to wirelessly charge the device on the Touchstone inductive pad without needing to swap the phone's cover. And the Pixi Plus, which features a Qwerty keyboard, similar to a BlackBerry, now supports web browsing over Wi-Fi.
Users of the phones can also download an app to the handsets which create a mini wireless network using the 3G phone network that can be shared with up to five other Wi-Fi enabled devices.
Improvements to the webOS software means that Pre Plus and Pixi Plus users will find it easier to record, edit and share videos by email or text message, or through sites such as Facebook and YouTube.
The Palm Pre received a warm reception when it launched in the United States last July. The handset was a huge gamble for Palm, which had lost ground to the likes of Nokia, Apple and Research in Motion, makers of the BlackBerry. But steady sales and positive reviews helped the device to sell well in the US.
Sales have been more sluggish in the UK, with Carphone Warehouse offering two free flights to any customers who bought a Pre before the end of this month.