Toshiba Information Systems (UK) Ltd, Mobile Communications Division, today announced the launch of the TG01 WindowsÂ® phone, a variant of its groundbreaking TG01 featuring the new Windows MobileÂ® 6.5 operating system.
The arrival of Windows MobileÂ® 6.5 and Toshibaâ€™s immediate adoption of the platform for the TG01 sees the handset become a fully-certified WindowsÂ® phone; the updated TG01 WindowsÂ® phone will start to appear in stores across Europe from 6th October 2009. Toshiba customers who have previously purchased the TG01 will also be entitled to an upgrade to the new Windows MobileÂ® 6.5, free of charge.
The launch of the TG01 WindowsÂ® phone means users will be able to enjoy all the benefits of Windows MobileÂ® 6.5, including a new Home screen and a finger-friendly start menu. Designed to offer fun and interactive navigation between applications, Windows MobileÂ® 6.5 provides users with faster access to the handsetâ€™s plethora of features.
Windows Marketplace for Mobile enables users to download and install Windows MobileÂ® applications, including Games, Social Networking functions and office-tools, meaning each handset can be personalised to suit the tastes and needs of each individual user. Support for the latest version of Internet ExplorerÂ® makes it faster and easier to browse the Internet, and the free Microsoft My Phone enables users to protect their phone by backing up data and securely share photos with families and friends across PC, phone and the web-based platforms.
The TG01 WindowsÂ® phone also comes with the high-power Snapdragonâ„¢ 1GHz processor, as found on the Toshiba TG01, to deliver smooth video playback, super-fast gaming and detail-rich browsing. The same superb, high-resolution 4.1â€ Wide-VGA (800 x 480) touchscreen is also present, with on-board Coreplayer providing support for a wide variety of video formats.
Despite all this power, the TG01 WindowsÂ® phone comes in the same sleek 9.9mm body as the previously-launched Toshiba TG01. It also features the same rich multimedia features, but with the added benefit of the new WindowsÂ® phone experience provided by the Windows MobileÂ® 6.5 operating system.
Expandable SDHC memory up to 32GB provides the facility for users to keep a large multimedia library on the move if required, with an 8GB microSD card bundled as standard, enabling users to store multimedia content and take advantage of the the handsetâ€™s cinematic mobile performance out of the box. Integrated GPS and A-GPS technology allows the TG01 WindowsÂ® phone to double up as a satellite navigation system, providing rich graphics and detail.
â€œWindowsÂ® phones bring together the best of the Web, the PC and the phone so you can connect instantly to the people and information you care about, no matter where you are,â€ said from Stephanie Ferguson, general manager, product management, Microsoft Corp. â€œThe new TG01 WindowsÂ® phone provides a great end-to-end experience that spans your entire life, at work and at home.â€
â€œOur new TG01 WindowsÂ® phone is quite simply the next step in cutting edge mobile technology. Weâ€™ve been thrilled with the marketâ€™s response to the TG01 handset so far and worked closely with Microsoft to launch one of the first WindowsÂ® phones to the market. Toshiba is constantly striving to deliver the very best mobile experience and we are excited what this new WindowsÂ® phone update will bring our customers, with an improved user interface and access to a multitude of applications through Windows Marketplace.â€œ said Hidehito Koka, Deputy Managing Director, Toshiba Information Systems UK Ltd, Mobile Communications Division
An update to the new Windows MobileÂ® 6.5 operating system for existing owners of TG01 will be available for download from Toshibaâ€™s website: www.toshiba-europe.com/mobile