The HTC Arrive… has arrived. Sprint’s first Windows Phone 7 device is a rebranded version of the HTC 7 Pro, a QWERTY-equipped phone that is definitely among the nicer smartphones made available when Microsoft’s new mobile platform officially launched last year. Sprint is the first U.S. carrier to pick up the 7Pro and it will also be the first CDMA carrier in the world to launch a Windows Phone 7 device when the Arrive is made available to subscribers this Sunday, March 20th. Was it worth the wait? Check out our HTC Arrive gallery below and sit tight while we put this sleek smartphone through its paces for the complete review.
Sprint on Thursday announced that it will launch the HTC Arrive next month on March 20th. The carrier teased the device in a series of tweets over the past few days, culminating in a seventh tweet — in honor of Windows Phone 7 — just now. The HTC Arrive is Sprint’s rebranded HTC 7 Pro, one of our favorite Windows Phone 7 devices to date. It features a 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 16GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture capability and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Sprint’s version of the phone will also carry its standard apps, such as Sprint TV and Sprint Navigation, as well as Microsoft’s updated Windows Phone 7 OS complete with copy/paste support. The HTC Arrive will cost $199.99 with a two-year service contract when it launches next month, and it is available for pre-order beginning today. Sprint’s full press release can be found after the break. More →
Sprint revealed on Monday its plans to unveil a new device later this week. In a post to its official Twitter account, Sprint said its next phone will be unveiled on Thursday, February 24th. The carrier gave no indication at first in terms of what phone it might announce, saying only, “What do you think the next new Sprint phone will be? Find out Thursday!” Initial speculation included the unnamed Android-powered QWERTY candy bar phone from Samsung spied earlier this month and the Windows Phone 7 handset Sprint subscribers have been waiting for, the HTC 7 Pro. The latter was then basically confirmed by a more recent Sprint tweet: “If you could design a brand new phone, what would it have? Ours will have a hub for gaming, music, pictures and video.” The HTC 7 Pro features a 3.6-inch touchscreen display, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera and a landscape-oriented slide-out QWERTY keypad. More →