Dell Venue Pro Running WP7 Selling November 8th in UK, Android Version Coming
The Dell Venue Pro goes on sale on November 8th in the United Kingdom. While the new Windows Phone 7 (WP7) from Dell does not have a launch date yet from T-Mobile—its initial carrier in the US—expected late November. How much is it going for? Anywhere from £499.99 to £440.63 depending on the retailer. Please note that the prices mentioned include the value added tax.
On Clove’s website (a smartphone retailer in the UK), a note is attached to the phone’s description that states: “Official Dell Launch on the 8th November with first stock now due on the 16th November. 3G frequencies 900 / 2100 now confirmed.”
While the initial version of the Dell Venue runs WP7, an Android OS powered version is in the works according to PC World. That version has no release date or carrier information confirmed yet.
So what is under the Dell Venue Pro’s hood? Here’s the quick specs:
- 4.1” OLED touchscreen at 480 x 800 pixels and Gorilla Glass
- 1 GHz ‘Snapdragon’ processor from Qualcomm
- 512 MB of RAM
- 1 GB ROM
- 8 GB of internal storage
- microSDHC support
- Wi-Fi b/g/n
- Bluetooth and GPS
- 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video abilities and autofocus
- Windows Phone 7
The specs pique your interest? Dell certainly has made a superb device here and everyone who has managed to get their hands on one seems to like the way that it feels. It is a vertical slider configuration with a QWERTY keyboard (kind of like the BlackBerry Torch 9800 but Dell’s take).
The fact that an Android OS version of the Dell Venue Pro (it would ostensibly be branded under a different name) is in the works is good news as well. Dell certainly has the resources to become a player in the smartphone market and WP7 and Android might just be the ticket that the company needs to be successful. Other big smartphone manufacturers are supporting WP7 so we might see a big four develop: WP7, iOS, Android and BlackBerry OS/Tablet OS. HP and Palm have a long ways to get their market share back up to a level high enough to start having some leverage.
Since WP7 already has passed the 1000 app mark before the devices have gone on sale, it looks like its app store is moving in the right direction. Any bets on how long it takes before the WP7 market surpasses the BlackBerry App World?
Let me know what you think of the Dell Venue Pro and which OS you would prefer to have on it.launch, Dell Venue Pro, Gorilla Glass, WP7, rumor