Setting its sight firmly on the high-end smartphone market, PC manufacturer Dell on Thursday released two new smartphones — the Android-powered Dell Venue and its first Microsoft Windows 7 phone, Venue Pro. While one-touch phone Venue, which runs on Android 2.2, is priced at Rs.29,990, the Venue Pro, a stylish vertical slide phone with QWERTY keypad that comes bundled with XBOX Pro and other Windows applications, is priced at Rs.34,990. Both sporting 4.1 inch screens are available on all GSM networks with special offers and privileges for Aircel users.

Announcing the ‘preferred partnership' with Dell, Chief Operations Officer of Aircel Gurdeep Singh said the company was all set to launch 3G. “We will launch 3G in a few weeks. Our 3G network will be out there before the World Cup starts,” he hinted. Mr Singh said that the company was in a ‘strong position' and smart devices were at the heart of the company's growth strategy. Both phones run on 1 Gigahertz Qualcomm processors. The camera on Venue Pro offers a lower resolution of five megapixels, while the Android-phone camera is eight megapixels. Both come preloaded with the ‘Dell Stage' user interface that aims at facilitating a richer user experience. Stage displays music, photos, and is feature-rich, said Dell India Executive Director and General Manager (Consumer and SMB) Mahesh Bhalla.

On the decision to opt for the Windows 7 operating system, at a time when Android appears to be ruling the roost, Mr. Bhalla said: “Microsoft is a great partner. Our servers and networks work on Microsoft, so it is natural for us to have devices on the same platform.” He said this was a significant day in the journey of Dell India which started its journey in the small-screen smartphone segment only a few months ago.