HTC 7 Pro and HTC Gratia get UK launch

Two long-awaited handsets are set to hit the shelves next month, but it looks like neither the HTC 7 Pro or the HTC Gratia will be on the shelves of your local network.

So if you want one, you'll have to go sim-free for now, paying the premium for that and picking up your own sim. Alternatively you can sit tight and hope distribution goes beyond 'HTC’s distribution partner Brightpoint GB and Brightstar' for the 7 Pro or Brightstar only for the HTC Gratia. Anyway, before you decide on where to get one, you might want to know a little more about the phones.

Originally unveiled back in October 2010, the HTC 7 Pro is a business-friendly smartphone, complete with sliding (or slide and tilt if you like) QWERTY keyboard. Connectivity is Wi-Fi and 3G and there's 16GB of on-board storage, a 'tilting' 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen, 1Ghz processor, five-megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash and 720p video recording, Dolby Mobile audio plus of course, the Windows Phone 7 platform. That means Xbox Live, Windows Live, Bing and Zune, Outlook email, Office apps and access to the Microsoft Marketplace.

Some online retailers are already doing pre-orders, but with varying prices. Shop around for anything between £400 and £500 if you want to do business on the HTC 7 Pro.

Same company, but the HTC Gratia is a very different handset. Available in 'pearl white', the HTC Gratia is described as a 'sleek and lightweight' smartphone, measuring just over four inches in length, weighing 4.06 ounces. Android 2.2 is the operating system, with the HTC Sense platform also on-board. So if you want to make your phone ring louder if it's in your bag or your pocket, you can do that and many other things.

Other features of note include a five-megapixel camera with flash, 3.2-inch touchscreen, 600Mhz processor, and support for HSPA and Wi-Fi internet. The 320x480 pixel display might not be for everyone though. It also offers up Friend Stream, an application that helps you keep in touch with friends and family by bringing all of your Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates into one single, organised flow of updates, should you love your networking.

No pricing for this one as yet, but with it going down the sim-free route, it's not likely to be budget. We'll keep you posted if the networks jump on board for either handset.

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