Dell Venue Pro Goes Pre-Order Ahead of UK Launch


The new Dell Venue Pro might not have a US launch date yet but it is already available for pre-order from eXpansys—an online retailer—and the smartphone will officially launch in the UK on November 8th.  eXpansys is selling the unlocked Venue Pro for £499.99 including value added tax (£425.52 exc. VAT or $681.64 here in the US). A tad under $700 for an unlocked WP7 smartphone? Not bad when you consider everything that the Venue Pro brings to the table.

T-Mobile will be the first carrier to sell the Dell Venue Pro when it makes its way across the Atlantic sometime next month. Dell’s jump into the WP7 market was a bit unexpected and I am sure AT&T was surprised when it realized that not only is it not the exclusive carrier for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 but it also has to deal with T-Mobile getting its own phones as well.

The Venue Pro features a 4.1” touchscreen at 800 x 480 pixels (vertical by horizontal), a 1 GHz processor from Qualcomm called the ‘Snapdragon’, 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. Dell decided to make its first jump into WP7 a big one and the smartphone’s screen is protected by Gorilla Glass like the iPhone 4’s. microSDHC support is also in the mix, and unlike some of the other WP7 smartphones out there, you won’t need to deal with a sealed microSD slot to swap out the storage for something higher (like a 32 GB card). Or at least that’s what eXpansys is saying with its overview of the phone. I have a creeping suspicion that they are mislabeling the 1 GB ROM inside the Venue Pro which stores the operating system as internal storage. The WP7 powered HTC HD7 uses a microSD card as its internal storage and changing the card means your files go with it. More on this as the story unfolds.

What is especially interesting is that an Android OS powered version of the Venue Pro could come out in the future. With these specs, it would be a breeze to get Android ‘Gingerbread’ running. If this turns out to be true, we will have to see some serious side by side comparisons. WP7 versus Android. Now that would be a battle. Of course, until the January WP7 update, the platform still has no copy and paste…

Want the WP7 or Android version of the Dell Venue Pro? Hoping the microSD card really is meant for swapping out? Let me know!

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