U.S. Cellular has proudly announced the arrival of its first device to run Windows 7. The high-end HTC 7 Pro — which features Microsoft’s new mobile operating system, a 3.6-inch touchscreen, and a sliding keyboard — is launching from this carrier today.
Windows Phone 7 is still trying to get its legs under it to an extent. Despite a recent partnership between Microsoft and Nokia there is currently a limited crop of device options for fans of the operating system.
U.S. Cellular is broadening Windows Phone 7’s horizons just a little bit with the announcement that it will carry the HTC 7 Pro. This smartphone was originally supposed to debut on Sprint’s network earlier this year, but ended up going quietly unreleased. There’d been no further word on the device until it turned up in its new home with U.S. Cellular in Chicago.
HTC 7 Pro Specs
This handset features a 3.6-inch WVGA (480 x 800) Touchscreen and also sports a physical, slide-out keyboard. The display can be tilted when the keyboard is out, offering a unique viewing angle.
Internally, the HTC 7 Pro has a 1 GHz processor, 576 MB of RAM, and 8 GB of on-board storage. It has the standard connectivity options, featuring 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, and a GPS receiver. It also features a 5 MP rear-facing camera, and the whole package runs on a 1500 mAh battery.
The HTC 7 Pro cost $200 after a $100 mail-in rebate and with a two-year contract from U.S. Cellular. Eligible existing subscribers to U.S. Cellular’s Belief Plan will be able to purchase the product for its subsidized price without signing a new contract.