The Palm Pixi offers some new tricks that its older sibling can't do but also trails behind the Pre in some areas. Starting with the new stuff, the Pixi brings LinkedIn contacts integration into Synergy as well as Yahoo contacts, calendar, and IM. This is, of course, on top of the Google, Facebook, and Exchange ActiveSync support that we saw on the Pre.
Speaking of Facebook, the Pixi offers a dedicated Facebook app, which Pre users have been begging for ever since the smartphone first launched. You'll be able to update your status, post on friends' walls, make photo and comments right from the Pixi. When asked about whether Pre owners would get a Facebook app as well, Palm said it could not comment at this time but said if it so chose to, it could be pushed out through an over-the-air update. (We're thinking is coming, just a matter of time).
Now, for the bad news. Unlike the Palm Pre, the Pixi doesn't have integrated Wi-Fi and you get a lower 2-megapixel camera (instead of 3 megapixels). The lack of Wi-Fi is disppointing, but you do get support for Sprint's EV-DO Rev. A network and Palm said you will be able to use the carrier's 3G network to download songs from the Amazon MP3 store (the Pre only lets you do this via Wi-Fi). You also still get Bluetooth, GPS, and Sprint services like Sprint Navigation, Sprint TV, and NFL Mobile Live. According to Palm, it will also continue fill out its App Catalog (the beta program is set to end in the fall) and showed us a new iLike app that displays concerts in your area and can integrated into your calendar (think Fandango for concerts).
The Pixi really isn't too shabby in the features department and again, if priced right, Sprint could move a lot of units. With the announcement of the Pixi, Sprint also lowered the price of the Palm Pre to $149.99 with a two-year contract so we're thinking the Pixi could for $100 or less, which would be sweet.