It’s funny timing with today’s Verizon LTE announcement, but Dell today is finally launching the Venue Pro, its first Windows Phone 7 device.
The BlackBerryish device has a hard-button keyboard that hides behind a 4.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen that slides up vertically.
The groaner release quote from Michael Tatelman, general manager of Dell consumer sales and marketing:
“No matter how you slide it, the Dell Venue Pro with Windows Phone 7 brings a fresh new approach of doing more with less.”
I’ve talked to a few people who were holding out for the Venue Pro, which looks like the most enterprise focused WP7 device yet. It runs on T-Mobile’s network and is being sold directly by Dell and through Microsoft stores.
An 8 gigabyte version costs $100 with a new, two-year contract and data plan. A 16 gig model is $150. Upgrading to the phone will cost existing Tmo customers $200 or $250. It’s also available without a contract for $450 or $500.
The phones have a 5 megapixel camera that records 720p video, a 1 gigahertz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, WiFi (b and g), Bluetooth and radios capable of network downloads up to 7.2 megabits per second.
Dell lists the dimensions as 2.5 by 4.8 by 0.6 inches and the weight as 6.8 ounces.