Toshiba TG01 – another reason why Windows Mobile is not dying

To the consternation of onlookers, companies continue to release extremely desirable devices using the Windows Mobile platform. The latest entrant is Toshiba. Of course they are no stranger to Windows Mobile devices, but this would be the first device which addresses the style question so directly.

The Toshiba TG01 is a super-slim 9.9mm (about the thickness of an iPod Touch), device with an extremely large 4.1 inch WVGA resistive screen. It features the same minimalist look of the HTC Touch HD, but sports even fewer actual buttons, but features a virtual trackpad.

Behind the pretty facade however the TG01 is actually a beast, being the first announced device with Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon QSD2850 chipset with dynamic speed control to ensure good battery life. This apparently allows the device to run Windows Mobile 6.1 pretty snappily, not to mention apparently run full Flash without any issue at all. It also features Toshiba’s own 3D user interface, which features vertical blinds and swiping gestures. Phone calls can be answered by shaking the phone, and the accelerometer can also be used to rotate the screen.

The device has otherwise the standard Windows Mobile feature set, meaning HSDPA, WIFI, GPS, microSD memory expansion.

The smartphone should come to Europe some time in Q3 2009, but may be exclusive to some carriers. Pricing should be similar to the Touch HD. More details will be available at Mobile World Congress.