Earlier today, we reported that Dell was having some trouble meeting demand for their Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 smartphone. The result was that people who had pre-ordered the device were seeing their expected ship dates get changed, most of which were being displayed as January 6th, 2011. Obviously this wasn't sitting well with potential customers, and now it looks like Dell is coming forward and trying to stave off some of those malicious thoughts. There is a delay in production, but Dell says they are trying.
Dell's Venue Pro was meant to be hitting eager Windows Phone 7 users' hands last week, having gone up for pre-order on December 1, but it seems the QWERTY smartphone has been quietly delayed. Multiple pre-order customers on xda-developers are reporting that Dell has updated their shipping estimate to January 6 2011, despite having told several people that the handset had already shipped.
Intel has announced manufacturer partners intending to produce 35 Atom-based tablets in 2011, with systems running Windows, Android and MeeGo all on the cards. CEO Paul Otellini confirmed the news at a tech conference this week, describing the two versions of Atom - Oak Trail and Moorestown - as targeted at Windows and Android/MeeGo tablets respectively. However, Intel has also been modifying its slide-deck since the presentation, removing mention of Dell from the Android-on-Atom column.
While the initial stock of Dell's Windows Phone 7-based Venue Pro may have been plagued with severe WiFi connectivity issues (like not being able to connect to secured WiFi locations), that's obviously not stopping Dell from getting on the bandwagon and finally giving the device an official launch, like it deserves. The company has issued a press release this morning, announcing that the portrait-sliding smartphone is available starting today.
Dell's Venue Pro may be building a small following of eager QWERTY WP7 users, and the company's Streak MID/phone hybrid had headline appeal, but the company's mobile aspirations are generally proving tougher to achieve. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Dell's president of mobile solutions, Ron Garriques, will leave the company on January 28 2011, and the division he led be shut down.
Windows Phone 7 is still new to the United States, so users are still in the process of discovering new things. We've already found out that the Samsung Omnia 7 and Focus are actually able to tether via USB, and now it looks like the Dell Venue Pro has a secret of its own, too. Furthermore, Dell has come forward and acknowledged that the device does indeed have some issues with its WiFi.
File this firmly in the rumor category for the moment, but according to StreakSmart's anonymous sources, Dell is readying a second-gen Dell Streak for release in March 2011. According to the information - which a Dell rep apparently shared during an internal briefing - the tablet/phone hybrid is internally codenamed "Opus One" and will keep the 5-inch form-factor of the current Streak, but update the screen to a higher resolution panel and the processor to a dual-core chip.
If you couldn't tell, Dell's Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 device is a hot device at the moment. You can only find them in Microsoft Stores at the moment, which are pock-marked across the country, but initial results show that it's pretty hard to get your hands on one. But, being an early adopter doesn't always (usually ever) mean that you're going to get a perfect performance right out of the box, and it looks like Dell's smartphone is suffering from some issues. Namely, connecting to some WiFi locations.
Dell's Venue Pro will apparently be bringing its QWERTY sliding action to Android, with the company apparently planning a second version of the 4.1-inch touchscreen smartphone running Google's mobile OS. That's the word from PC World, which has also flagged up presales of the existing Windows Phone 7 Venue Pro kicking off at Amazon UK.