The cheapest Windows 7 Phone to date has to be the Dell Venue Pro. It has slid in at $99 with new activation and 2-year contract. The regularly priced $450 phone runs a 1Ghz Qualcomm QSD8250 processor, shoots HD video and has the flashy new Windows mobile OS. Although WP7 has a long way to go, you can expect much of the “holes” to be address in the January update. In the mean time, you’ll have some time to familiarize yourself with the interface and at a pretty reasonable price too. A full QWERTY keyboard on the slider has non-traditional, usually HTC and Samsung opt for a landscape oriented setup, this one is more akin to the Palm Pre and Pixi, could the Windows OS have anything do to with that?
It’s an 8GB unit and will be on T-Mobile, a 16GB Venue Pro can be had for $50 more.[Dell, PR]
Dell Venue Pro Delivers Unrivaled Entertainment, Productivity and Social Experiences
New Venue Pro Smartphone Joins Dell’s Growing Family of Mobile Solutions
Cutting Edge Form Factor Seamlessly Switches Between Entertainment and Productivity
ROUND ROCK, Texas, Dec. 1, 2010 – Dell today announced an expansion to its mobile portfolio with the new Venue Pro, the only vertical QWERTY Windows Phone 7 smartphone that gives professionals, families, students and gamers more options to stay connected, access the content they love and applications for success. The Venue Pro is the latest in Dell’s commitment to provide innovative mobile solutions, which include the acclaimed Streak 5 pocket tablet.
The Venue Pro is designed to take productivity, social networking and on-the-go entertainment to new heights. Available immediately at Microsoft retail stores, Store.Microsoft.com, and today direct from Dell, the Venue Pro is a Windows Phone 7 smartphone featuring a cutting-edge portrait layout QWERTY keypad for faster text entry, editing and connecting with friends and family.
Any Way You Slide It
In addition to the QWERTY keypad, the new Venue Pro comes with Xbox LIVE and pre-loaded work/life applications that make everything easier and more beautiful on its sharp, bright and responsive 4.1-inch AMOLED touch display, which features rugged Gorilla Glass® for exceptional durability. Windows Phone 7 Live Tiles keep priorities in focus, and the Venue Pro’s single-button access delivers everything you care about including Bing for search, Xbox LIVE for games, and Zune for music and video.
“No matter how you slide it, the Dell Venue Pro with Windows Phone 7 brings a fresh new approach of doing more with less,” said Michael Tatelman, Dell vice president and general manager, Dell consumer sales and marketing. “We’re continuing a path of creating smart, innovative and new mobile experiences to help people discover new ways to enjoy the web, connect with friends, and navigate their lives.”
Elegantly designed, the Venue Pro’s elliptical, slender form factor slips easily into your pocket. A 5-megapixel camera, high-speed wireless, and cloud-based services make it easy to keep in touch, share experiences and enjoy music, movies and more.
Carrier, Pricing & Availability Information
The Dell Venue Pro is available immediately at Microsoft retail stores, Store.Microsoft.com and direct from Dell by visiting www.Dell.com/VenuePro or calling directly at 1-800-308-DELL. Carrier and additional pricing information provided below.
Carrier: T-Mobile USA*, with two-year contract† and qualifying data plan are required
New Activation: 8GB = $99.99*
New Activation: 16GB = $149.99*
Upgrade Activation: 8GB = $199.99*
Upgrade Activation: 16GB = $249.99*
Without Contract**: 8GB = $449.99
Without Contract**: 16GB = $499.99
Portrait slider with QWERTY keypad
4.1″ WVGA AMOLED multi-touch display
Windows Phone 7 operating system
Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon solution with integrated 1GHz processor
3G + Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
Bands/Mode: UMTS 900/1700/2100/AWS, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900; HSDPA 7.2Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps
5MP auto-focus camera
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