Dell To Release Android-based Venue Pro Handset?

Dell may be about to release an Android version of the soon-to-be-released Venue Pro smartphone, one which is based on Windows Phone 7 and which is set to be released towards the 8th of November.

The SIM-free version of the phone currently costs around $700 (roughly £441 including VAT) from online retailer Clove technology and we've been told that it will be available for free on a two year, £35 per month contract from T-Mobile.

The phone's main particularity is its "portrait" slide out keyboard, one that differs from the HTC Desire Z and others.

It is not the only one though as a Alcatel has a budget Android phone, the OT-980, which shares the same "Palm Pre" form factor.

In addition, it comes with a 4.1-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display with toughened Gorilla glass, a Qualcomm MSM8250 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM and 9GB internal storage which can be complemented by a 32GB microSD card.

An Android-based Venue Pro could set the standard for hardware platform sharing, as in the x86 market (one hardware, many OSes). Dell already sells two Android handsets, the 5-inch Streak and the 3.5-inch Mini 3i (or Aero).