Toshiba made our day at ITProPortal.com Towers by releasing the TG01 which looks like the smartphone we dreamt when penning an article in January 2009; it comes with a 4.1 inch touchscreen display and yet is only 9mm thick.
In comparison, the iPhone 3G is 37 percent thicker at 12.3mm and comes with a smaller screen. The TG01's touchscreen has a resolution of 800x480 pixels, the same as the first Asus EEE PC Netbooks launched in 2007.
The smartphone is also the first to come with Qualcomm's Snapdragon architecture with a CPU - the QSD2850 - clocked at 1GHz, much faster than anyone else on the market. With HSDPA, GPS and WiFi compatibility, it covers all the bases when it comes to connectivity.
Under the hood, Toshiba used a heavily modified Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system, complete with Microsoft Office Mobile, Internet Explorer Mobile 6, DivX and Flash support. The Japanese company has also bundled what it calls a Tosh 3D Graphics User Interface.
Toshiba will not be using an accelerometer as in the iPhone or the Storm. Instead, it will be implementing what it calls a G-Sensor which "allows you to tilt the phone around a central spot"; the user can answer or finish a call by shaking the phone.
Other features include a microSD card reader capable of supporting up to 32GB cards, 512MB memory and features some of Toshiba's HDTV properties (AKA the Regza range) including color matching, dynamic gamma correction and LCD backlight control.
Both black and white versions of the smartphone will be available; the mobile phone is expected to be shown officially at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in a few weeks' time.
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As Trustedreviews puts it, why No Android? Also no details as to whether the screen is capacitive or resistive. Play.com already lists the phone on their website - Sim Free and Unlocked - but without a selling price. Toshiba already have a number of mobile phones out there including the G810 and the keyboard enabled Protege G910 smartphone.