Dell Venue Pro finally on sale in UK

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.

The HTC 7 Pro beat the Venue Pro to market – we reviewed it just ahead of MWC 2011 – but uses a landscape-orientation keyboard. Windows Phone is still yet to be entirely landscape-friendly, so in some ways the layout of the Venue Pro makes more sense.

Hardware includes the usual 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 4.1-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, triband UMTS and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash. There's also 16GB of internal storage. According to Dell UK, it will ship in 10 days.

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