At today's CeBIT Preview event in Munich, Dell told us that it plans to launch its first Windows Phone 7, the Dell Venue Pro, in Germany and maybe even further European countries. The Venue Pro, which was announced back in October during Microsoft's global Windows Phone 7 launch, is so far only available in the U.S. and announced for the UK. Powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU, the Dell Venue Pro supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps)/HSUPA (5.76 Mbps) at 900/1700/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. The 4.1" Gorilla Glass protected AMOLED touchscreen supports the Windows Phone 7 typical WVGA resolution, like the 5 megapixel autofocus camera.
However, a unique highlight is the Venue Pro's portrait slide-out keyboard which makes it the only Windows Phone 7 device with a portrait keyboard.
Nevertheless, it looks like that Dell is yet not anything close to launch the Venue Pro in Germany because the demo devices had the US QWERTY keyboard instead of the German QWERTZ keyboard. Anyway, while Dell was unable to confirm a planned release date, the company spokesperson highlighted that it's the only Windows Phone 7 vendor today which is also able to help its corporate customers to upgrade their backend infrastructure to make it Windows Phone 7 compliant; for instance to take full benefit from Windows Phone 7's SharePoint 2010 integration.
Cheers ~ Arne