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VIDEOVIEW: HTC 7 Pro Windows Phone 7 Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 06.01.11 - 16:43:58 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 18019x
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The HTC 7 Pro is one of the few and HTC's first Windows Phone 7 device which will come with a slide-out hardware keyboard. It will be available in a North American CDMA as well as European GSM/UMTS version. Like all the currently available Windows Phone 7 smartphones, the 7 Pro will be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU and the GSM version will support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps)/HSUPA (2 Mbps) at 900/2100 MHz. Furthermore, the 7 Pro will feature WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS and an FM radio. The device features a 3.6" WVGA touchscreen and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with a supporting LED flash and the ability to record 720p HD videos.

The memory is said to be 576 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM with an internal (non removable) storage of 8 GB. At a size of 59 x 117.5 x 15.5 mm the 7 Pro is quite thick and with a weight of 185 g, including the 1500 mAh battery, the device is one of the heavier Windows Phone 7 devices. The 7 Pro features a material mix of high-quality plastic, chromed frames and a stainless steel battery cover.

The device's semi-automatic sliding full QWERTY 5-row keyboard with the tilting touchscreen makes text input very convenient, even if Windows Phone 7 is yet not fully optimized for landscape keyboard devices; for instance neither the Start screen nor the program menu or most Microsoft's own Windows Phone 7 applications support landscape today. However, most of the available 3rd party applications already support landscape orientation as well as important built-in applications like E-Mail or messaging.

The HTC 7 Pro is expected to be launched in January by O2 Germany. Other release dates are yet unknown but it's expected that the HTC 7 Pro will be released anytime early 2011 in the U.S. with Sprint.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Reese on 07.01.11 - 02:04:52

At about 2:10 it looks like you're inserting a micro-SC card.  Does this phone have that option?  None of the literature that I've read have said anything about that.  If it is, then that makes the 8GB internal memory not such a big deal.

Posted by Arne Hess on 07.01.11 - 09:28:33

No, that's actually a GSM/UMTS SIM card of my provider, not a memory card. As written, the HTC 7 Pro doesn't have the option to expand the inbuilt memory.

Posted by christian alvar on 09.01.11 - 02:03:47

will the htc 7 pro for sprint be 4g

Posted by Arne Hess on 09.01.11 - 12:04:40

Neither HTC nor Sprint have released further information but I have my doubts that the 7 Pro will support Sprint's 4G network. Have yet not heard anything from Microsoft in terms of 4G support for Windows Phone 7.

Posted by Alfonsox on 22.01.11 - 22:26:22

At 21 seconds is that a second camera on the back? if so does that mean it might support 3D video recording?

Posted by Arne Hess on 24.01.11 - 12:45:49

No, that's the LED flashlight only.

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