Thin Toshiba Touchscreen Handset First to Use Qualcomm Snapdragon

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Talk about a thing of beauty! For some reason, I can’t take my four eyes off of the TG01 handset from Toshiba (s TYO:6502) that’s making the rounds today. We’ll know more later this month at the Mobile World Congress, but for now, this 9.9mm thin phone looks sweet. It’s Windows Mobile 6.1 underneath, but like the many devices in the HTC Touch line, the interface is customized with slickness. That’s nice to hear because the 4.1-inch WVGA display is begging for a pretty user interface. The question now: Is it resistive or capacitive? I’m hoping for the latter, but sadly guessing the former.

Making this more interesting to me personally is the 1.0GHz Qualcomm (s QCOM) Snapdragon CPU on the inside. I gather this phone has more pep than other WinMo device on the market today. T3 says you can shake the phone to answer or disconnect phone calls, so clearly there’s an accelerometer or similar technology inside. That joins the GPS, HSDPA connectivity and microSD slot in terms of details. We’ll have to wait a few weeks for more info; I’m hoping this isn’t an EU-only release, but my suspicion is that we won’t see this in the U.S. Here’s hoping I’m wrong.

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Juan

I just don’t get why they don’t also offer an android version. That impressive machine with a Crumble OS with so many heritages from the past century, and even without a proper browser… c’mon…

Brian Goodwin

Count me another guy who wants a proper keyboard! Love the screen but make me a clamshell version with keyboard (yeah, I realize it would need to be thicker).

John in Norway

James, you said ‘almost’! I want them all! Actually, my phone doesn’t have any type of touchscreen but it has all the things I listed. :)

I can’t wait for Windows 7 phone edition.

kev

James,

akihabaranews is reporting that NTT Docomo will pair up with Toshiba to release a windows mobile phone. It will have a 1Ghz processor. This sounds like the phone you are talking about. The picture also shows “Tokyo” as one of the time. Could this be a Japan-only release. :(

John in Norway

What’s more important is, where’s the proper keyboard?

I’d rather have the resistive touchscreen, anyway. With a capacitive one you can’t have: Cut and paste, a removable battery, a proper keyboard, unlimited apps, stereo bluetooth, Java support, MMS, video recording, file transfer, FM tuner, memory card slot. :)

GoodThings2Life

I actually prefer resistive since I can still use a stylus when I need to, and let’s face it… Windows Mobile often requires it.

Anyway, I notice some of the pics taken by the Electric Pig site very clearly has “Qualcomm 3G CDMA” printed on the side of the device, so now I’m REALLY hoping it comes to the US.

GoodThings2Life

Bring this to Sprint!! Why must every cool phone be HSDPA? Just because it’s more common doesn’t make it better! Maybe I’m just bitter about how bad AT&T and T-Mobile suck.

It has the look of the iPhone with much better specs and the usefulness of Windows Mobile (meaning I can easily overcome the Win Mo annoyances).

Jake

“The question now: Is it resistive or capacitive? I’m hoping for the former, but sadly guessing the latter.”

Are you sure you got that the right way around?

If you’re hoping that it’s like the iPhone then you want a capacitive screen. If you’re hoping that it will support a stylus and handwriting (and as a result suit the Asian market well) then you want resistive.

Personally I don’t care if this is Europe only because I live in the UK :) Now to choose between this and the Touch HD and whether to wait for WinMo6.5 or WinMo 7.

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