Another of the leaked renderings today from Chinese website xda.cn purported to be upcoming HTC devices, is one called the HTC Prime. Very similar in appearance to the HTC Ignite, this handset will also be running the Windows Phone 7 OS, but will feature a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Nokia's E6-00 smartphone has leaked, the apparent successor to the Nokia E72. The QWERTY device runs Symbian^3, but unlike its predecessors has a touchscreen display for easier use. It will also run the updated version of Symbian, complete with four homescreens - rather than the three panes we've seen on the N8, C7 and E7 - and more flexible widgets.
Otherwise we're expecting a 640 x 480 screen - higher than Nokia's usual nHD 640 x 360 panels - together with WCDMA/HSPA and WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 2.0, and GSM/GPRS/EDGE. There's also talk of an 8-megapixel autofocus camera complete with an LED flash, but we're yet to see the rear of the E6-00 to know for sure.
Dell's much-anticipated Venue Pro has finally gone on sale in the UK, with the official Dell store offering the Windows Phone 7 handset for £459 ($745) unlocked and including tax. Delayed because of a firmware issue spotted last month, the Venue Pro is the first portrait-orientation QWERTY slider to run Windows Phone.
HTC has announced a pair of Facebook phones at MWC 2011, two affordable Android devices with a focus on social networking. The first of the pair is the HTC ChaCha, a physical QWERTY handset paired with a 2.6-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, followed by the HTC Salsa, an all-touch version with a 3.4-inch touchscreen. Both the ChaCha and Salsa have a dedicated Facebook button, hard-coded to instantly share content like photos, music links or Facebook Places location links.
Sony Ericsson's surprise smartphone for MWC 2011 was the XPERIA Pro, a business-centric handset running Android and packing a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Like the XPERIA Neo there's a 3.7-inch 854 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, only the Pro adds a full QWERTY keyboard that uses Smart Keyboard software to automatically load up predictive messaging depending on the app you're in when you pop the 'board out.
Of all Microsoft's launch partners for Windows Phone, HTC led the pack from the gate with the most devices. The HTC 7 Pro has taken the longest to arrive, frustratingly given it's the model we were most interested in, pairing Windows Phone 7 with a solid physical keyboard and a handsomely purposeful design. Worth the wait? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Arriving on the market late, the Nokia E7 finds itself launching at a shaky point in the Finnish company's history. Under new management, suffering doubts - internal and external - over the strength of its current platforms, and watching increasing amounts of attention and revenue being taken by key rivals like Apple, Nokia has high expectations for its new business flagship. Misplaced, misguided or money in the bank? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
HP has officially announced the third-generation Pre, the HP Pre3, the company's new flagship webOS smartphone. Based around a 3.58-inch WVGA 800 x 480 touchscreen and offering an enlarged slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the Pre3 runs Qualcomm's 1.4GHz MSM8x55 chipset with either 8GB or 16GB of storage. HP has also used its new Touchstone technology, which allows the new webOS range to transfer information by tapping them together.
HP has officially announced the HP Veer, the smallest webOS smartphone to date at around the size of a credit card. Billed as bridging the gap between feature phones and smartphones, the Veer has a 2.6-inch glass touchscreen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It also packs the latest Touchstone technology, allowing webOS devices to transfer information simply by tapping them together.
If MetroPCS's 4G LTE service appealed, but the Samsung Craft didn't, then worry not: the carrier has a second Samsung LTE smartphone for you, and this time it runs Android 2.2 Froyo. The Samsung Galaxy Indulge has a 3.5-inch touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard, with a 3-megapixel camera on the back and Samsung's 1GHz Hummingbird processor inside.