1. Posted on Friday, January 21st, 2011 at 2:12 pm by Andy
    HTC 7 Pro

    HTC 7 Pro on it's way

    HTC is going to launch both the 7 Pro and Gratia smartphones in the UK next month and the Taiwanese manufacturer officially confirmed these plans this week.

    The HTC 7 Pro was originally destined to be a launch handset for the Windows Phone 7 platform but delays shifted it into 2011 and it could be a big hit thanks to its full slide-out QWERTY keypad.

    The HTC Gratia is based on Android rather than Microsoft’s platform and it runs version 2.2 of the software. It is a midrange handset with solid specs, including a 3.2 inch display and a five megapixel camera, so it should find an audience in a relatively busy segment of the market.

    So far no UK network provider has announced that it will be offering either of these handsets on a pay monthly tariff, so early adopters will need to pick them up SIM free when they arrive in February.

    However, it would be surprising if no operator jumped onboard with HTC shortly after the launch, so if you are holding out for a free handset you may not have that long to wait until you are satisfied.

  2. Posted on Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at 9:17 am by Andy
    HTC 7 Pro

    HTC 7 Pro

    HTC’s next Windows Phone 7 handset, simply called the 7 Pro, is now thought to be arriving in the UK at some point in January, according to reports on the German website of network provider O2.

    Originally it was thought that the HTC 7 Pro would hit the UK before the end of the year with the other early handsets based on Microsoft’s flagship platform, but this deadline was missed and a January launch seems likely.

    The HTC 7 Pro is aimed at business users and heavy messaging fans, as it has a full slide-out QWERTY keypad arranged in a landscape orientation. It also features the type of hardware that all Windows Phone 7 handsets must possess in order to comply with Microsoft’s minimum system requirements, namely a 1GHz processor, a five megapixel camera and all the connectivity options you would expect.

    By adding a QWERTY keypad, the HTC 7 Pro is going head to head with the BlackBerry handsets which are current kings of the business sector, although the fact that this new arrival is integrated with various Microsoft services commonly found in enterprise setups, should bode well for its future success.