The Dell Venue Pro has a new sibling, the Android 2.2?ö?ç??running Dell Venue. It comes with Dell's Stage user interface, which will soon run across Dell's full consumer portfolio.
Among Dell's mobile device announcements at the 2011 Consumer
Electronics Show was the introduction of a second Venue smartphone, this
one running the Android 2.2 operating system.
While the new Venue features the same 4.1-inch Active-Matrix OLED touch screen as the Microsoft
Windows Phone 7-running Venue Pro, it does without its predecessor's
slide-out keypad, making for an overall slimmer, lighter device.
Unlocked and based on GSM technology, making it a fit for AT&T
or T-Mobile, the Venue also comes preloaded with Dell Stage software, a
new user interface that Dell announced it is extending across its entire
consumer product portfolio.
To view images of the Dell Venue Pro and other Windows Phone 7 devices, click here.
While the Venue is geared toward consumers, again unlike the
enterprise-focused Venue Pro, it's hardly a lightweight. It runs a 1GHz
processor and includes support for business features such as ActiveSync
and QuickOffice, as well as an input technology called Swype, which is
said to make for quick cruising through documents and Web pages.
The curved display is made of Gorilla Glass; an 8-megapixel camera
is included, and so, of course, is access to Google's Android Market.
"A few months ago, we set out to refocus our efforts on helping our
customers do more with Dell products and services so they can achieve
their personal and professional dreams, and we're well on our way toward
achieving that goal," Paul-Henri Ferrand, Dell's chief marketing
officer, said in a statement.
In November, Dell did some internal housekeeping that resulted in
the elimination of its communications solutions group and so the
resignation of the group's head, Ron Garriques
. Garriques was
brought on board to guide Dell's entry into the mobile consumer product
space. The devices that emerged during his tenure, however-among them
the Adamo notebook and the Streak tablet-failed to elicit major
enthusiasm. The Streak, for example, was widely panned as being too big
for a smartphone but too small for a tablet. A Dell spokesperson,
however, told The Wall Street Journal at the time that Dell's
restructuring simply pointed to the devices' ability to reach beyond
just the consumer space.
At CES, the president of Dell's Consumer, Small and Medium Business
unit, Steve Felice, said that Dell is "committed to delivering new
dimensions in entertainment, mobility and gaming, and is leading the
industry in advancing new technologies like 4G solutions and 3D-capable
With the introduction of the Venue smartphone, Dell also introduced a
second Streak tablet, the Streak 7, with 4G capabilities and a 7-inch
multi-touch display. In a press statement, Dell called it "small enough
to carry, yet big enough for the whole family to gather around."