The Windows Phone 7 news just won’t stop today. After Microsoft launched its new platform this morning with AT&T leading the way, we now have word on a few T-Mobile devices: HTC’s HD7, and Dell’s terribly named Venue Pro.
The HD7, by many accounts, is simply HTC’s HD2 phone (released last year with Windows Mobile 6.5) with newer software. It sports the same massive 4.3-inch screen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and 5MP camera — although this time around the device can also record 720p high-definition video at 24 frames-per-second. It will be available exclusively on T-Mobile at some point mid-November.
It’s interesting that the HD7 is so similar to the HD2, since Microsoft announced in March that the older device wouldn’t be upgradeable to Windows Phone 7 — something that infuriated HD2 owners at the time. The hardware similarity is a sign that the HD2 could very well run Windows Phone 7, although it will probably need to be hacked to do so.
The Dell Venue Pro is actually the company’s slick-looking Lightning phone, which was obviously renamed by some clueless middle manager. It sports a 4.1-inch AMOLED screen, but the device’s defining characteristic is most definitely its slide-up portrait keyboard. When the keyboard is out, the Venue Pro looks unlike any phone on the market right now. But it remains to be seen if its unique look will convince consumers that Dell can make a decent phone.
T-Mobile will also be the exclusive carrier for the Venue Pro, but it won’t be sold in T-Mobile stores. Dell is instead hand-picking retailers to promote it. The company says the device will be available in time for the holidays.
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