At 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, Verizon Wireless and Palm, Inc. announced the Jan. 25 availability of Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus, bringing the Palm webOSÔäó experience to customers on the nation's largest and most reliable wireless 3G network.
Palm Pre Plus has a large, vivid touch screen; high-performance processor; and slide-out keyboard. The Pre Plus keyboard makes for quick and easy typing, while the unique gesture area provides a sleek look and intuitive navigation. Pre Plus also comes with the Palm Touchstone Back Cover, making the phone compatible with the revolutionary inductive Touchstone Charging Dock (sold separately). Verizon Wireless Pre Plus customers will also get 16 GB of storage (approximately 15 GB user available) for applications and media.
Feature-rich, Pre Plus and Pixi Plus offer Verizon Wireless customers greater flexibility for access to the Internet with Wi-Fi. In addition, the all-new Palm mobile hotspot, a webOS app that can be downloaded from the Palm App Catalog, gives customers the option of creating a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing the reliability and high-speed Internet connectivity of the Verizon Wireless 3G network with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as notebooks, netbooks, cameras, gaming devices or portable media/MP3 players.
Social communicators and first-time smartphone buyers who want an affordable and customizable phone and instant access to messaging and Web content will love Pixi Plus. Customers have a host of options for personalizing their phones with the separately-sold Palm Pixi Artist Series Back Covers (www.palm.com/artistseries) and new color Pixi Touchstone Back Covers, which will be available in pink, blue, green, orange and black.
"The Palm experience is all about helping our customers stay connected so they never miss a thing," said Jon Rubinstein, Palm chairman and chief executive officer. "We're constantly enriching this experience with new features and innovations. The Verizon Wireless launch of Pre Plus and Pixi Plus is the next phase in delivering this unique Palm experience to more people."
"The Palm webOS family is a great addition to Verizon Wireless' robust line-up of smartphones," said John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "The outstanding capabilities and functionalities on both Pre Plus and Pixi Plus give customers a wealth of customization options to help them manage their lives. Customers get the latest technology from Palm along with the nation's largest and most reliable 3G network for an unsurpassed mobile experience."
Following are key features and specifications available on both Pre Plus and Pixi Plus:
ÔÇó webOS ÔÇô Allows customers to run multiple applications simultaneously and provides over-the-air software updates delivered automatically to their devices
ÔÇó Palm SynergyÔäó ÔÇô Brings customers' information from the many places it resides into a single, more comprehensive view
ÔÇó Unobtrusive notifications and universal search
ÔÇó Palm App Catalog ÔÇô Currently offers more than 1,000 webOS applications for download
ÔÇó High-speed connectivity
ÔÇó Gesture area ÔÇô Enables simple, intuitive gestures for navigation
ÔÇó Full QWERTY keyboard
ÔÇó High-performance, desktop-class Web browser
ÔÇó Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
ÔÇó Integrated GPS
ÔÇó Robust messaging support (combining IM, SMS and MMS capabilities)
ÔÇó E-mail, including EAS (for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers) and personal e-mail support (Google GmailÔäó push, Yahoo!?«, POP3, IMAP)
ÔÇó VZ NavigatorSM ÔÇô Allows customers to get audible turn-by-turn directions to more than 15 million points of interest and share the directions with others
ÔÇó USB mass storage mode
ÔÇó Proximity sensor ÔÇô Automatically disables the touch screen and turns off the display when consumers put their phones to their ears
ÔÇó Light sensor ÔÇô Reduces power usage by dimming the display if the ambient light is dark
ÔÇó Accelerometer ÔÇô Automatically orients Web pages and photos
ÔÇó Ringer switch ÔÇô Easily silences the device with one touch
ÔÇó Removable, rechargeable battery
ÔÇó Multimedia options, including pictures, video playback and music as well as a camera with LED flash and a standard 3.5 mm headset jack
ÔÇó Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
ÔÇó Charger/microUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Additional Palm Pre Plus Specs
ÔÇó 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash and extended depth of field
ÔÇó Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
ÔÇó Dimensions: 2.35" x 3.96" x 0.67"
ÔÇó Weight: 4.89 ounces
Additional Palm Pixi Plus Specs
ÔÇó 2.0 megapixel camera with LED flash
ÔÇó Fixed QWERTY keyboard
ÔÇó Dimensions: 2.17" x 4.37" x 0.43"
ÔÇó Weight: 3.26 ounces
ÔÇó Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning Jan. 25. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.
ÔÇó 3G mobile hotspot is a separately-purchased feature added to a voice and data plan.
ÔÇó For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.