The HTC 7 Pro Going CDMA and GSM?

CDMA and GSM versions could be hitting the shores of the U.S. next month.

HTC’s coming 7 Pro is all but locked in for Sprint’s CDMA network. However, it will also be arriving in a GSM configuration in Europe. Carrier O2 in Germany has announced that it will start selling the HTC 7 Pro in January. O2 uses GSM technology like At&t and T-Mobile here in the United States so anything is possible at this point now.

Here’s a quick overview of the 7 Pro’s specs.

HTC 7 Pro:

  • 3.6” touchscreen at 480×800 pixel resolution
  • Dimensions: 4.63” x 2.32” x 0.61” (HxWxD)
  • 1 GHz processor
  • Slide-out, horizontal QWERTY keyboard
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus
  • 720p HD video recording capable
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • 512 MB ROM
  • 512 MB RAM
  • GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Windows Phone 7 operating system

It is interesting to see how many different models are coming out so quickly for Microsoft’s new WP7 OS. HTC has been quick to jump on board and since it already has made a strong name for itself with its excellent Android smartphones, expect it to becoming a power player in the WP7 market at well. Now we just need to know when the GSM version of this will come out on either T-Mobile or AT&T…unlocked and direct from the manufacturer’s website anyone?

With WP7 device sales already passing the 1,500,000 mark, Microsoft certainly must be giddy to release its first update to the platform this January. You know, the one that will finally add copy and paste functionality to WP7. The update is also expected to add turn by turn GPS navigation and some under the hood stuff. A second update is widely expected for February but that one will add features for developers and will be much less visible to regular users.

Overall, the HTC 7 Pro is looking like a solid piece of hardware. It will be one of the first WP7 models to sport a horizontal QWERTY keyboard layout as well. Most WP7 phones that have been released use vertical layouts (Dell’s much maligned Venue Pro is an example). Like the way HTC does its horizontal, slide-out keyboards? I’ve liked some of them but others (like the older myTouch 3G) are simply dreadful and make me wonder why the manufacturer even bothered to include them since the touchscreen simply works better.

Let me know which carrier you want the 7 Pro on!

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