Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus heading to the UK this month

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We already knew that Palm‘s Pre Plus and Pixi Plus handsets were headed to UK stores, but we’ve now been given an official date for their release too. You’ll be able to pick up Palm’s phones from the end of the month, May 28th to be precise.

The handsets will be initially carried exclusively by O2, though if this doesn’t suit your operator tastes, Palm have revealed that they are looking into signing up with other networks too before the end of the year.

O2 will be offering the Palm Pre Plus at £35 a month on an 18 month contract, and the Palm Pixi Plus for £30 a month over the same 18 month period.

Refinements over the Pre and Pixi models, both “Plus” handsets have notable improvements over their predecessors. The Pre Plus features an inductive covering to pair up with an optional Touchstone charger, as well as improvements for navigation and a storage boost of 16GB. The Pixi Plus on the other hand is thinner and lighter than previous Pixi models, and now rocks 8GB of storage space and Wi-Fi connectivity.

So will Palm’s handsets fare better in the UK than they have Stateside? Having recently been bought by HP and with plenty of work going into their webOS platform, they stand a decent chance. But with the iPhone 4G just over the horizon and the rising star of Android devices, Palm have a mighty fight on their hands.

Gerald Lynch