Dell has officially announced its Venue Pro, the only vertical-Qwerty Windows Phone 7 smartphone. The Dell Venue Pro is available immediately at Microsoft retail stores, Store.Microsoft.com, and directly from Dell (Dell.com/VenuePro or 1-800-308-DELL).
The new Venue Pro features a 4.1-inch AMOLED multitouch display with rugged Gorilla Glass for better durability. It also has Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 5MP auto-focus camera. The device supports the following bands/mode: UMTS 900/1700/2100/AWS, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900; HSDPA 7.2Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps.
The Venue Pro is available on T-Mobile USA with a required two-year contract and a qualifying data plan:
- 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
"No matter how you slide it, the Dell Venue Pro with Windows Phone 7 brings a fresh new approach of doing more with less," Michael Tatelman, Dell vice president and general manager of Dell consumer sales and marketing, said in a statement. "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."
Remember, this is the same device that Dell switched 25,000 employees to. The company decided its employees would prefer Windows Phone 7 to RIM's BlackBerry OS.