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Dell Venue Pro Coming On 2nd Of February

Dell's first Windows Phone 7, the Venue Pro, is set to be launched in the UK by online retailer Expansys in three days time, on the 2nd of February.

Set to cost £440 including VAT and delivery, the device would cost only marginally less than the HTC 7 Pro and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc although another Dell smartphone, the Streak, can be had for under £320.

The smartphone is aimed at business users and as expected is built on Microsoft's reference platform. Disappointingly, there's a Cortex-A8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8250 SoC clocked at 1GHz, a chipset that was released back in the fourth quarter of 2008 and has long been superseded.

It sports a large 4.1-inch WVGA AMOLED screen covered with Corning's Gorilla glass, a 5-megapixel camera with AF and flash. On top of that it comes with a 1400mAh battery, Wi-Fi, 512MB RAM, 8GB onboard memory and a full QWERTY keyboard that slides out like the Palm Pre.

The Dell Venue Pro is compatible with Xbox Live and Zune plus includes Microsoft Office applications by default.

The only negative point that Expansys could find is that it is a large phone with a thickness of 15, 50 per cent more than the iPhone and a weight of 180g.