T-Mobile announces the upcoming launch of a wide-screen entertainment phone called the HTC HD7 and a phone with a sliding keyboard called the Dell Venue Pro.
The HTC HD7 is a huge, slab-style phone at 4.8 by 2.7 by 0.44 inches (HWD) and 5.7 ounces, with a gigantic 4.3-inch, 800-by-480 LCD screen on the front and a kickstand on the back. It’s similar in size to the previous HTC HD2 and to the Motorola Droid X, both of which are just at the size limit for something you’d want to use one-handed.
Netflix and Slacker both come bundled on the HD7 for streaming movies and radio.
The new T-Mobile TV is a streaming video service supplied by MobiTV, which also runs TV services for AT&T and Sprint. T-Mobile TV will offer channels from ABC News NOW, FOX Sports, PBS Kids, Azteca America, and other partners with both free and paid tiers.
Like all Windows Phone 7 devices, the HD7 also supports Xbox Live multiplayer gaming and Zune music and video services.
The HD7 certainly looks like a super-phone, but oddly, some of its specs are a little last-generation. The HD7 uses a first-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 1-GHz processor and accesses the Internet using HSDPA 7.2 on T-Mobile’s and foreign networks, along with Wi-Fi 802/11 b/g/n. Other phones, such as the T-Mobile myTouch, have moved on to the more power-efficient second-generation Snapdragon and the faster HSPA+ 21 network.
The phone has 16GB of internal memory and no memory card slot – that’s all you get. The HD7 also has a 5-megapixel camera with HD video recording and dual-LED flash, GPS, an FM radio, and Bluetooth.
The HD7 will be available in mid-November from T-Mobile, the carrier said.
On the other hand,the Dell Venue Pro is a sliding phone with a QWERTY keyboard. The Venue Pro also looks big: it has a 4.1-inch screen, 5.1-megapixel camera and the same 1-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor as the HD7.
The Venue Pro will be available from Dell “and select retailers” – it looks like it might not be sold through T-Mobile’s stores. That’s unusual, for the U.S. Dell has had a rocky re-entry to the U.S. mobile market recently, with the widely panned Dell Streak and Dell Aero phones for AT&T.