Time for a quick memory check: remember the WP7 slider that Dell announced some months ago? That's right, it's the Venue Pro -- the one that's been struggling to meet demand in the US due to some mysterious reworking. Well, here's some good news for the folks on the other side of the pond: starting today, Dell's UK store is taking orders for this unlocked slider for a hefty £459 ($745), and the first deliveries are expected to arrive in 10 days. Man, these wicked people from Round Rock sure love making us wait, but better late than never, right?

Update: We've been informed by our friends over at BestBoyZ that Germany's also getting the Venue Pro today for around €534.
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DELL'S EXPANDING MOBILE PORTFOLIO DELIVERS UNRIVALED BUSINESS PRODUCTIVITY, ENTERTAINMENT AND SOCIAL EXPERIENCES FOR PROFESSIONALS

• Venue Pro Smartphone designed with the mobile professional in mind

• Cutting edge form factor seamlessly switches between entertainment and productivity

• Versatile Smartphone joins Dell's growing family of mobility products and solutions

BRACKNELL, UK, 28 February 2011– DellTM today announced the availability of the Venue Pro, a new Windows Phone 7-based Smartphone designed for the mobile business user. The new device allows business professionals to maintain productivity levels while away from the office thanks to the one-of-a-kind, vertical QWERTY keypad for faster text entry, and integration with the Microsoft® Office Hub including the ability to view and edit Microsoft Office documents, and to view, post and sync documents on a SharePoint site. The Venue Pro also allows easy integration with Microsoft Exchange Server email messaging, and customers can be assured of broad compatibility and interoperability with other hardware, software, and peripherals for an end-to-end solution.

Spanning both business functionality and entertainment, the Venue Pro is also ideally suited for taking social networking and on-the-go entertainment to new heights. This all-round ability gives busy professionals more options to stay connected and access the content they want, when they want it. The Venue Pro is available starting March 1 direct from Dell in the UK and Germany from £383 ex VAT, ex shipping / €449 ex VAT, ex shipping.

Mix Business with Pleasure

In addition to the QWERTY keypad, the new Venue Pro comes with a sharp, bright and responsive 4.1-inch AMOLED touch display featuring rugged Gorilla Glass® for exceptional durability. Windows Phone 7 Live Tiles keep priorities in focus, and the Venue Pro's simple interface delivers easy access to a full range of applications including Bing for search, Xbox LIVE for games, and Zune for music and video.

"No matter your requirements, the Dell Venue Pro with Windows Phone 7 brings a fresh approach of doing more with less," said Aongus Hegarty, Dell vice president for Consumer, Small and Medium Business in EMEA. "We're committed to creating smart, innovative mobile experiences to help people discover new ways to work, enjoy the web, connect with friends, and navigate their lives. The Venue Pro truly mixes business with pleasure and is the perfect phone for those who appreciate the work/life balance."

Elegantly designed, the Venue Pro's elliptical, slender form factor makes it easy to carry. A 5-megapixel camera, high-speed wireless, and cloud-based services make it simple to keep in touch, share experiences and enjoy music, movies and more.

Availability

The Dell Venue Pro is available starting March 1 direct from Dell for £383 excluding VAT and shipping by visiting www.Dell.co.uk/VenuePro.

Specifications:

• Portrait slider with QWERTY keypad

• 4.1" WVGA AMOLED multi-touch display

• Windows Phone 7 operating system

• 1GB Flash ROM storage, 512MB DDR SDRAM

• 16GB MicroSD card pre-installed (non-removable)

• Powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon solution with integrated 1GHz processor

• 3G + Wi-Fi + Bluetooth

• Bands/Mode: UMTS 900/1700/2100/AWS, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900; HSDPA 7.2Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps

• 5MP auto-focus camera

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Dell Venue Pro arrives in the UK at long last: £459 off contract, shipping in 10 days (update: Germany also)