The announcement that Windows Phone 7, the new mobile Operating System from Microsoft, wouldn’t be landing on any CDMA-based carriers until 2011 was a big blow for some, but there was a glimmer of hope at yesterday’s Microsoft event, when HTC’s 7 Pro made a quick, non-working appearance. The device was said to be heading to Sprint in the early part of 2011, but it looks like Sprint’s grasp on the device won’t be exclusive. It’s been confirmed that the device will be landing in the UK and the rest of Europe in the first half of 2011, too.
The HTC 7 Pro features a 3.6-inch capacitive touchscreen display, the 1GHz processor under the hood, and Windows Phone 7 running the whole show. The demo unit we managed to get our hands on at Microsoft’s event wasn’t functioning, but we could tell from our early hands-on with the upcoming smartphone, that the landscape slider with the tilt functionality would probably be one of the more popular handsets. Even if it isn’t launching until 2011.
Unfortunately, carriers weren’t discussed in the revelation, so there’s no telling where it’s going to launch first. And, obviously, pricing wasn’t mentioned, either. You can check out our hands-on video of the HTC 7 Pro below. And if you’re interested in finding out more about Windows Phone 7, check out Windows Phone Forums.