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HTC 7 Pro Handset Now Available From £230

Another Windows Phone 7 handset has fallen in price, this time around, it is the HTC 7 Pro which now costs a smidgen under £230, a price that includes free delivery, usually within 24 hours.

Available from Play.com for £229.99 (opens in new tab), the handset differs from other Windows Phone 7 devices due to the fact that it has a proper, dedicated QWERTY keyboard which makes it a perfect alternative to the HTC Desire Z or the Dell Venue Pro.

As expected, it carries the same specification as most of the other current Windows Phone handsets; there's a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, 576MB RAM, a 3.6-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, a five-megapixel camera with AF, HD recording option and flash, Wi-Fi, a number of sensors, Bluetooth (but no microSD slot) as well as an array of Microsoft tools.

These include, Bing Maps, the mobile version of Office Suite, Xbox Live, Zune, Skydrive, Windows Live Messenger and much more; this array of services will be improved significantly with the forthcoming launch of Mango.

There's no denying that handset manufacturers are gradually shifting away extra stock in order to make way for newer ones based on Windows Mango, the followup to the current Windows Phone 7 platform. Already the likes of the LG E900 Optimus 7 can be had for under £200 albeit from Germany.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.