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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Toshiba Announces 128 GB NAND Chip

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Toshiba Windows Phones" @ 08:30 PM

"Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced the launch of a 128-gigabyte (GB) embedded NAND flash memory module, the highest capacity yet achieved in the industry. The module is fully compliant with the latest e •MMCTM standard, and is designed for application in a wide range of digital consumer products, including smartphones, tablet PCs and digital video cameras. Samples will be available from September, and mass production will start in the fourth quarter (October to December) of 2010."

128 GB looks so tiny - but tiny enough to blow away pretty much the highest-end storage options on cell phones today! At this rate, I'll have Windows Phones in the future that have more storage than most of my older hard drives - pretty cool. Now let's hope that these appear in our hardware sometime soon!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Toshiba Launches A Pair Of Snapdragon Handsets

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Toshiba Windows Phones" @ 12:00 AM

"Disappointed by the bad sales performance of its first Snapdragon powered Windows Phone the TG01, Toshiba decided to kick of this 2010 MWC with a shiny new TG02. Like most handset nowadays our TG02 features a capacitive screen with a 4.1" size and the usual VGA resolution and the same old 1GHz snapdragon. Running Windows 6.5 the TG02 also features a new fancy 3D Menu desperately trying to catch up with HTC UI...Now if you prefer devices with a full QWERTY keyboard, well you are in luck and behold the Toshiba K01. Beside its new OLED screen and keyboard, specs of the K01 are in fact pretty much similar to the TG02."

There's been a slew of new devices introduced at this year's Mobile World Congress, but most have been overshadowed by the Windows Phone 7 Series launch. Almost lost in the shuffle are Toshiba's gorgeous updates of last year's ground-breaking, but ultimately less than successful TG01. The TG02 (slate) and K01 (which includes a hardware QWERTY keyboard) are almost identical to the TG01, but make up for one of its most glaring omissions - both feature 4.1" capacitive screens, and the K01's screen is OLED to boot. Toshiba's proprietary panel UI also seems to have been dropped in favor of the latest version of SPB's Mobile Shell (good move if you ask me). Check out the link for the press release or drop by on Engadget's hands-on video and photo gallery. You might not see these in North America (the TG01 never made it), but you never know.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Toshiba TG02 Whizzes Through FCC

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Toshiba Windows Phones" @ 11:00 PM

"Before the Nexus One and the HD2, there was the Toshiba TG01, sprinting along with a 1GHz Snapdragon in its belly and a 4.1-inch front end. Alas, that phone was hamstrung by a resistive touchscreen and a poorly thought-out skin atop an even worse OS (WinMo 6.1), but even by today's standards its hardware spec is top notch. Color us intrigued, then, to find its successor finally making its FCC debut -- with Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi (802.11b/g) connectivity in tow and a case outline suggesting some earlier leaked shots might still be accurate."

Well, looks like the TG01 is getting a successor. Toshiba is the little OEM that could, and as we've all seen, sometimes they can produce quality devices. But let's just hope the TG02 makes a bigger splash than the TG01.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Makes a Quiet Appearance at CES

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:30 AM

"Say, for a moment, that you're Microsoft and you're on the cusp of releasing a version of the much-maligned Windows Mobile 6.5 that actually made it touch-friendly for once -- but like all WinMo versions before it, you're relying on carriers and manufacturers to wage an inexcusably slow, arbitrary, incomplete upgrade campaign. Wouldn't you think that quietly burying its launch amongst a sea of more interesting (and less controversial) products might be a good idea?"

The folks at Engadget, in their quest to report the weird and wonderful at CES, discovered Windows Mobile 6.5.3 running on a TG01 and Traveler, which more or less confirms its existence. When it'll officially be released as an upgrade for said devices is anyone's guess. It is, after all, in the hands of the related manufacturers and carriers. But what's so great about v6.5.3, anyway? More touch-friendly adjustments throughout the UI. Less great is the fact that they're somewhat of an eyesore. One can only hope that's something that the much-anticipated Windows Mobile 7 will rectify.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

New Toshiba Models Nearing Production

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 07:00 PM

We first heard about these way back in April, and it's nice to see Toshiba hard at work in bringing them to market. The K01 is landscape slider phone, with a 4.1" capacitive screen, the K02 is the clamshell pictured above with one 3.5" resistive LCD and a sub-LCD display (whatever that is), and the L01 will be a 7" monster with an optional keyboard (according to the original roadmap) - all running WM6.5. If Toshiba keeps to its original deadlines, we're probably looking at late this year/early next year for the launch. We still haven't seen the other two models mentioned, which come under the TG line - TG02 which will be waterproof, and TG03 which will be more multimeida oriented. Stay tuned!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Toshiba TG01 Getting WM6.5

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:00 PM

"Even better, all TG01 owners will be able to upgrade their 6.1 devices to Windows Mobile 6.5 once the OS is launched, thanks to a free download from Toshiba's site. The Toshiba TG01 Windows phone, meanwhile, will go on sale across Europe from October 6th."

It's relatively rare in the Windows Mobile world for a manufacturer to make an OS update available - I think in this case a happy confluence of the TG01 being new and WM6.5 being released at almost the same time meant there would be an awful stink if Toshiba hadn't come up with one. No bets on the next OS upgrade though, which is due early next year.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

TechRadar Reviews The Toshiba TG01

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 01:00 PM

"Toshiba is back with the TG01 - a phone that it hopes will propel it to the forefront of the smartphone market, jostling the iPhone 3GS and HTC Hero out the way in the process. It plans to do this by creating the largest, thinnest and fastest mobile in the industry, but will that be enough to create an instant hit for Tosh? Let's take a look through the phone's inner workings with the Toshiba TG01 review."

Techradar have done nice, if ambivalent, review of the just-released TG01. Why aren't over the moon over it? Because Toshiba's UI overlay doesn't do that good a job of hiding WM6.1. Toshiba appear inclined to provide the upgrade to WM6.5, but given their record, I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Interesting that the 1GHz Snapdragon processor doesn't appear to give that big a boost to the user experience, at least from perceptions of the device's speed (I'd love to see some benchmarks). The hardware continues to impress but less than stellar implementation can. as always. spoil the package - at this stage at least. Any of our readers try the TG01 out yet?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Toshiba TG01 Hands-On

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:00 PM

"As you've probably seen, Orange launched the Toshiba TG01 today, and SlashGear went along to the launch event 31 floors above the city of London. There's not much about this smartphone we didn't already know - after all, we were also there in February when it officially debuted - but today was an opportunity to play with the Orange branded version and the latest firmware."

With availability starting today in Europe, the TG01 is starting to garner some early reviews. SlashGear attended the London launch and got to play around with a couple of demo units. Hit the link for their impressions and a pretty extensive photo gallery.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Toshiba TG01 European Launch This Week

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:30 PM

In just a matter of three days, the 1GHz Snapdragon-equipped TG01 will have its European launch in London. So far confirmed availability will be through carriers O2 in Germany and Telefonica Movistar in Spain, and through retailer Euronics in Italy. Orange are the likely candidate for the UK, but their TG01 product page got pulled after briefly appearing online - we'll have to wait until after the launch to confirm. Prices vary depending on whether you're going with or without contract, and what other "value-added" services you pick up - full retail (for now) appears to be €549.00, which looks pretty competitive to me.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Toshiba TG01 Is Big In Japan

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 02:00 PM

"One of the hottest pieces of gear this year just made its way to retail in Japan. Less than a centimeter thick, the NTT DoCoMo T-01A is the same TG01 device revealed by Toshiba back in February running Qualcomm's ultra-fast 1GHz Snapdragon chipset."

This is one humdinger of a phone. Along with the Snapdragon chipset, you get every radio under the sun (if not quite all the right freqs for global use), 256MB RAM, a massive 4.1" WVGA screen, a thin 9.9mm chasis, and available in white or black. Downsides are a low rez main camera at just 3.1MP and a piddling 1000mAH battery to power all that hardware. Chances are we'll see this in Asia and Europe in another month or two, but I wouldn't lay odds on if or when it'll appear in the US. Hit the link for the gallery, or the Microsoft product page for more details (warning: Japanese text).

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Video Hands-On With The Toshiba TG01

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 02:00 PM

PocketPCItalia somehow managed to get a prototype build of the TG01 and put it through its paces. I'm fairly impressed - the screen is big (4.1" WVGA) and colourful, Toshiba's custom UI doesn't look as bad live as it does in photos, and the device appears snappy courtesy of the 1GHz Snapdragon processor, handling video and photos with aplomb. The TG01 is pretty feature packed, with HSPA, GPS, 3.2MP AF camera, and comes equipped with an accelerometer. About the only bad thing I can say is the potentially annoying squishing sound everytime you touch the screen (and the irony of showing off an HTC review while demonstrating YouTube in PIE6). PocketPCItalia claims the TG01 will be available in June - but that's likely to be in Europe, and maybe Asia. Check out the video for more.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Toshiba 2009-2010 Roadmap Leaked

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 07:00 PM

"Yet released Toshiba TG01 and proprietary information in accordance with the Techblog, the Toshiba is expected to present two models of the TG series in 2009. The reason for Toshiba TG02 and Toshiba TG03 with touch screen 4.1-inch WVGA and analysis processor 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8 × 50. The TG02 has a 3,2 Megapixel camera and is waterproof (!), While the TG03 has 5 Megapixel camera and 5.1-channel sound."

The only thing I can say I'm speechless. Apart from the L01 (which incidentally may run on a fuel-cell battery), all the others are the type of large screen, full featured devices that I've always envisaged as the perfect one for me. I'm further intrigued by the launch windows, which possibly intersects with that of WM7 - that makes the K01 MID doubly interesting with its capacitive screen. Kudos to Techblog for the scoop (translation here)!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

O2 Germany Plans to Launch Toshiba TG01

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 08:00 PM

Toshiba's TG01 is coming... to Germany, at least. The folks at O2 Germany have just announced that the white TG01 will be available sometime this summer, but are keeping mum on the price. No word yet on whether the TG01 will surface elsewhere, but we're willing to bet that it will, and we'll let you know as soon as we hear more.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Toshiba TG01 Continues to Dazzle

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

"This handset is thin and light and makes the iPhone we used for some scale pics look positively chubby -- it's like having a PSP-sized display in your pocket. The 4.1-inch Regza-inspired screen is clear, the resistive touchscreen is typical hit and miss with fingertips, video and gaming are fast on the 1GHz Snapdragon processor and look gorgeous. You know, if Toshiba sees fit to add some 3G bands other than the 2100MHz included in the first effort, we could easily see this living -- almost unnoticed -- in our pockets."

The Toshiba TG01 is an example of a device that just looks undeniably slimmer and sexier in the flesh than in renderings. Don't believe us? Take a gander at Engadget's hands-on and video walkthrough, and try not to drool on the way out.

Friday, February 6, 2009

More Snapdragon Devices On the Way

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 12:00 PM

"High Tech Computer (HTC) is expected to launch Qualcomm Snapdragon-based mobile devices in the second quarter of 2009, according to market sources in Taiwan... HTC and Toshiba are among more than a dozen device makers that have signed up with Qualcomm to develop mobile computing devices using Snapdragon solutions. Those device makers also include Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Acer, Asustek Computer, Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron, Inventec and Foxconn International Holdings (FIH)."

Can't get enough of the Snapdragon in the TG01? Well, it seems HTC and a few more are gearing up to release Snapdragon devices of their own. According to Digitimes, HTC's device will hit the market one quarter after the TG01. And the rest? We're guessing they'll trickle into the market as the year progresses.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Toshiba Unveils TG01, Shows Off 4.1" WVGA Touch Screen and Snapdragon Chipset

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

Look out, HTC. Toshiba has something up its sleeve - that something is the TG01. Some standout features in this upcoming handset include a 4.1" WVGA (480 x 800) touch screen and Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset with a 1GHz core. It also sports 512MB ROM, a microSDHC slot, HSDPA/HSUPA connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, aGPS, a G-sensor, a virtual trackpad, out-of-the-box DivX support, and a custom touch-friendly GUI, which sits on top of Windows Mobile Professional. And if you think the TG01 looks slim, that's because it is. With a depth of just 9.9 mm or 0.39", it's thinner than the HTC Touch HD (12 mm or 0.47") and iPhone 3G (12.3 mm or 0.48"). See for yourself at Electricpig and Pocket-lint, and expect more details at MWC, which takes place in just under two weeks.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

MobileTechReview Reviews Toshiba's G810 Pro

Posted by Janak Parekh in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 07:00 AM

"The Toshiba G810 is rife with features and high-end specs. It's got a very modern, elegant slate design in this year's hot finish: gloss black. What's not to like? Sure, it's not made by HTC, the largest ODM of Windows Mobile Pro devices, so you don't get that Toyota-like assurance (everyone's got one and they like it just fine, thank you). But if you hanker for something different from the crowd, something cooler looking than the HTC Touch Cruise, it's worth a look."

It's a shame that Toshiba no longer sells in the US, because this looks like a halfway decent device, with a 3MP camera, to boot. MTR gives it a thorough review, and despite some niggles, Lisa likes the unit overall. Hit the link for a typically in-depth article.

Tags: toshiba, review, g810

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Toshiba Portégé G810 Comes Calling on June 20

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 07:30 PM

"Toshiba will officially release its latest Smartphone in 8 days (June 20th), the G810. Like the G710 and G910, this new Smartphone runs on Windows Mobile 6.1, and boasts HSDPA and HSUPA support. Otherwise, it features a large 2.83" QVGA (320 x 240) touch screen, 3Mpix camera, Bluetooth v2.0, USB v2.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g, FM radio with RDS, built-in GPS & A-GPS, and up to 4GB of memory"

Kids today don't know how good they have it. I used to have to walk 8 miles in the snow uphill both ways to and from the device websites looking for goodies to be released this early in the year! New device release time is traditionally in the fall, but with offerings ike this one from Toshiba, perhaps this year Labor Day is coming early. This model certainly packs a punch, with only VGA missing as a major feature in this form factor. Anyone hoping that "release" is also "shipping" date as far as this one goes?

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