updated 12:35 pm EST, Sat November 20, 2010
Dell says Venue Pro release to get much bigger
Dell in a weekend update has said the Venue Pro will get a much wider launch than it had earlier this month. Although a handful of units arrived on sale at Microsoft stores and other channels, the company's Chief Blogger Lionel Menchaca said the company is scaling up production and wants to have a "bigger scale" launch. He didn't specify a timeframe but did hint the Windows Phone 7 device would sell beyond T-Mobile and possibly beyond the US.
Menchaca also corroborated AT&T's claims about risks around using microSD cards in current WP7 phones and warned against the specific dangers of using any replacement card for Dell's phone. On the Venue Pro, the pre-installed microSD card includes part of the mobile OS itself and will break the install if the card is removed. Without an eject mechanism, the card would also be difficult to remove and could create problems for anyone trying to make a switch. The slot on the Venue Pro wasn't designed to be accessible, the blogger wrote.
Engineers are also looking into reports of problems with the headphone jack and with camera settings not saving, although the latter is believed to be a WP7 issue. Electronista has encountered the same issue on the LG Optimus 7 and has heard similar reports regarding other phones.
The Venue Pro has been unofficially regarded as one of the premier devices of the WP7 launch owing mostly to its 4.1-inch, slightly curved AMOLED screen and its having the only vertical QWERTY keyboard in the entire range.