Dell Windows Phone 7 Due in 4Q

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 10-12-2010

Dell's Venue Pro, its newest entry in the smartphone market, looks a lot like the BlackBerry Torch 9800. It features a 4.1-inch capacitive touch-screen, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The Gorilla Glass makes the screen highly scratch-resistant, and Dell's engineers have ever-so-slightly curved the device's front -- supposedly to give it a more elegant feel.

The smartphone will run Windows Phone 7, on T-Mobile's network. And just as Research In Motion is aiming the Torch 9800 at the broadest possible audience, Dell evidently intends the Venue Pro for both consumers and business users.

"We see the Venue Pro for everyday people with a diverse range of full and busy lives," Bill Gorden, a Dell spokesperson, wrote in an Oct. 11 posting on the corporate Direct2Dell blog. "They need to stay connected, be productive and keep in touch with colleagues, friends and families. Dell designed the Venue Pro to be a multi-purpose always-connected device to help people be more efficient, always connected and entertained."

T-Mobile will host the smartphone "in the U.S. this holiday season" Gorden added, without clarifying pricing or exact availability.

The Dell Venue Pro is one of several Windows Phone 7 devices due in 4Q 2010 and, along with the LG Quantum, would appear to be among the more enterprise-friendly smartphones of the lot.

For more, read the eweek article Dell Venue Pro, with Windows Phone 7, to Debut at Holidays.