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Toshiba Launches 4.1in LCD Touchscreen Handset

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Toshiba Launches 4.1in LCD Touchscreen Handset

Toshiba, Toshiba - how can you be so close and yet so maddeningly just off...

Announcing its most impressive move into the smartphone market to date, the Japanese company has really stepped up its game today unveiling the 'TG01' - a 9.9mm thick handset with a huge 4.1in WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen display.

The good news doesn't stop there though as you'll get HSDPA, aGPS, WiFi, a microSD expansion slot and support for Flash websites and DivX encoded video files. Another clever trick is the 'G-sensor' which acts like a virtual pivot point enabling the handset to sense movement around its central axis. Consider this like an accelerometer with A levels since it brings three dimensional movement into play.

Finally wetting our already considerably moistened whistles is use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset which means the TG01 will become the first handset to rock a 1GHz CPU, so performance should be snappy. Or should it?

You see there's a caveat with the TG01 and it's a biggie for many: Toshiba has opted to use Windows Mobile 6.1 as the operating system - albeit with the usual heavy skinning. Now this is daft on two levels. 1. ANDROID! and 2. The cat is out of the bag. We already know Windows Mobile 6.5 is going to debut at MWC next month, so this immediately gives what is otherwise a tasty phone a sense of age.

Now at this point we're still waiting on a few other key specs like how much does that superb display affect battery life? Capacitive or resistive touchscreen? How much does the TG01 weigh and when will it be available? Still I can't shift the nagging feeling that we'd be more interested in these answers had Toshiba not opted to take the same path as the HTC Touch HD...

Update: *Sigh* it's a resistive touchscreen. Styluses at the ready people.

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Toshiba UK

Hamish Campbell

February 3, 2009, 6:43 pm

Just imagine if this had been the first android phone instead of that poxy G1.





For the love of god, somebody hack-er-rack android onto it.

ggg

February 3, 2009, 7:01 pm

Why use crappy windows, we want an iphone beater !!!!!!!!!!


Andriod is KEY

Chris

February 3, 2009, 8:15 pm

Surely it'll have the usual lousy resistive touch screen? Even the most heavily skinned versions of Windows Mobile have to resort to the stylus now and then and you'd need a resistive screen for that, right?

Andy Vandervell

February 3, 2009, 8:20 pm

One would assume so, yeah.

Divefire

February 3, 2009, 8:53 pm

Is any one else asking the question if the companies putting Windows Mobile on their phones are getting a subsidy?

Chris

February 3, 2009, 9:23 pm

I don't think they need to be subsidised to put Windows Mobile on their handset. We complain about it relentlessly (and rightly so), but it has a lot of boring office-related features going for it. The implementation looks primitive in the post-iPhone world, but they make it the de-facto standard for a lot of people.

Chris Beach

February 3, 2009, 10:08 pm

It's not that 6.5 is coming out soon, its more that even with that it'll still look like win3.1.





How MS can fail every time to update the base look, is beyond me. They have a fairly competent core, but an appalling UI.

Divefire

February 3, 2009, 10:23 pm

Fair comment, but the Toshiba doesn't strike me as much of a business phone. Still you're right, WM does tick a lot of the boxes in power point presentation, if you will. It just does so in crayon...

Ash

February 5, 2009, 3:15 pm

They should have put Android on it and it would have been stiff compition to the iPhone!

Tony Walker

July 7, 2009, 11:20 pm

There's a bunch of us ex-Toshiba owners with long memories too about lack of support (e800 PDA) and shoddy quality (G900 phone).





Even Windows Mobile (or whatever they choose to call it this month) can be bourne if the hardware is good and the manufacturer gives a rats fink about its customers.

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