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.