TG01

We know for a fact that Microsoft was using the Toshiba TG-01 aka Tsunagi as a developer device for Windows Phone 7. Heck, we even have one of the rare birds in possession (see above). The device was ahead of its time when released over two years ago, sporting an ultra thin body, large LCD screen and a 1GHz CPU. But fast forward to 2011 and it's quite the clunker.

Now over at XDA, developer Nokser has been successful in porting WP7 to that device for those who only have Windows Mobile 6.5 on board. We say successful, but it is full of caveats and lots of early bugs, so this is more a proof-of-concept than a ready-to-install for the masses release. Still, it's a big step in the right direction, even if WP7 is pretty awful on it due to the Tsunagi's resistive touch screen.

Some drawbacks, should all two of you be interested are: no camera, potentially very low memory, poor reception, inability to zoom in on maps and photos, etc. These issues are expected to be fixed, so we'll see where all of this goes soon.

Source: XDA (thread); Thanks, Ross "H3ALY" H, for the tip!

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Remember that rare Toshiba TG01 we covered last week? Someone had it up for a private sale and evidently it didn't sell very well as it's now up on eBay for your bidding.

Starting bid is 110 Euro (or about $157). Now remember, camera no-worky and we can't guarantee that this will get updated to "Mango" anytime soon (though it is plausible that someone can hack it). This may be your only chance to own such a collector item, but are you really that geeky? From the auction description:

  • This is the auction for the TG01 with Windows Phone 7
  • The device is in perfect working conditions with a stable post RTM Windows Phone 7 ROM.
  • Camera does not work in this ROM.
  • Device is shipped only with battery, without any accessories.
  • For more photos and video check the following link:
  • http://photobucket.com/tg01wp7 (updated link)
  • For shipping costs to Europe or overseas/rest of world please send a me a message before bidding.
  • If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Good luck, if any of you go for it.

Source: eBay, Thanks, Steve M. for the heads up!

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We know that the Toshiba TG01 is used by Microsoft and probably some testers elsewhere for running Windows Phone 7. Were they just for internal testing or was Toshiba experimenting with WP7? We'll probably never know why the Windows Mobile device was "upgraded" to WP7, but a few were. Though they are not as popular as the Asus dev phones, there's no reason to imagine that one would never turn up in private hands. And put up for sale..

That seems to the case at XDA, where an unknown forum member 'wp7tg01' is reportedly selling his. No specific price is set, but offers are being taken for the elusive device. But buyer beware, for one, no one knows this fella meaning there's no rep to judge his authenticity on. Number two, this is hardly the slam-dunk Windows Phone device that you can get for your hard earned money (remember, this hardware is 2+ years old!). From the description:

"The device is working properly, however the camera doesn't work with this ROM. It is carrier unlock, and I am only selling the device and battery without any accessories...You can make calls, surf the web, use Wifi, Marketplace, Xbox Live, the works."

Yeah, so the non-working camera kind of stinks as well as 4GB of storage. And we're not too confident on updating it to "Mango", though who knows at this point. No doubt we'd snag it up in a second but even we don't have that much money to spare. Cool relic though. And yes, we believe it's real too. See the video.

Source: XDA; Thanks, Alex, for the heads up!

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Remember the Toshiba TG01? It was one of the first 1GHz Windows Mobile devices on the market, sported a giant (at the time) 4.1" screen and eventually got Windows Mobile 6.5

Well, the above video with the odd format looks to be showing it running Windows Phone 7. As far as these videos goes, this one looks more real: nothing is plugged in, screen reaction looks accurate (not a video), it was recorded very recently (last 12 hrs) because the Zune Marketplace features Limp Bizkit (shudder) and we even see it pulling data. Official or a hack?

Explanation? Even though there was mention of a TG03 months ago, we're pretty sure this is one of the developer devices Microsoft uses for testing WP7 on and doesn't point to any pending release, Toshiba throwing their hat in the ring, or any other hopeful fantasies. In fact, a developer version of the TG01 has been spotted before in Microsoft's labs--see TechRadar from October 11, 2011. That's our take, at least.

Source: YouTube; Thanks, Steve B, for the tip!

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Hands on + Video: Toshiba TG01

The good: Wow. What a device. If there was one phone that blew me away it would be the massive TG01.  The combination of a huge 4.1-inch screen and 1GHz Snapdragon was an experience to witness.

When Windows Mobile 6.5 hits 1GHz it becomes something different.  It is so fluid, fast and quick to the touch it changes the game.  And that screen was just this big, bold, beautiful source of visual goodness--I was like a moth staring at the spotlight.

It was a little strange surrendering all hardware buttons--even the Phone/Send and End keys are part of the screen, but all in all it works just because it is so huge.  Now I see why HTC made the HD2, they must have played with TG01. Man if this phone had a capacitive screen, it would be the Zune phone that everyone wants.

The bad: Well for one, there is no promise of this thing coming to the States, so this may have been my only chance.  Number two, the soft keyboard was awful.  Perhaps the screen sensitivity could be tweaked or there are other versions to be made, but I literally missed every other letter when typing.  Maybe they can license HTC's fantastic soft keyboard.  Finally, there is no 3.5mm headset jack.

Availability: Now, import only. Price varies.

Want to see this beast in action? Take a look after the break! Trust me, it's worth it.

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OK, let's not all lose our stuff there, but that indeed is Windows Mobile 6.5.x (or 6.5.3, if you prefer) running on Toshiba TG01 at CES this year. You know, the same TG01 that's been out for some time now. You can spot the upgraded OS by the round buttons at the bottom, and that the Windows Flag start menu has shifted south as well.

And the TG01 still isn't a slouch when it comes to hardware. It was the first WinMo phone to sport the 1GHz Snapdragon processor, its 4.1-inch (nearly as big as the HD2) touchscreen, while capacitive, is very good. And so long as it's not running that weird neon UI we saw on top of it initially, it's very snappy.

So we know the following: An updated version of Windows Mobile 6.5 is on the way for the TG01. This isn't some hacked ROM. (And for those of you counting at  home, it's Build Windows Mobile 6.5 Build 23091.5.3.0. By comparison, the cooked ROM I'm running (find it here) is Build 28001.5.5.0. That's a whole different branch, and don't read too much into it. But suffice to say this isn't likely isn't the bleeding edge of Windows Mobile that we're seeing here. We've been running this on cooked ROMs for some time now.

That said, we learn the following: Windows mobile 6.5.3 indeed is coming to devices, and the TG01 likely will be one of the first. As for the rest? Start your guessing.

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Here's the Toshiba Dynapocket X02T from Japan's Softbank. If it looks familiar, it should. It's really just a rebranded Toshiba TG01. But what's new this time is that Softbank has U.S. filmmaker Quentin Tarantino (perhaps you've heard of him) shilling for it, and it's definitely entertaining. Peep video of the Q-Man (that's what he asked us to call him -- really) and more of the Dynapocket X02T (great phone, lousy name) after the break. [dvice via newlaunches]

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Let's play our favorite game: Guess the carrier. For those of you who don't work in cell phone stores, the photo you see above from Phone Arena is of a CelleBrite unit, which transfers info from one phone to another (presumably) pretty seamlessly. Note the "source model" here is the Toshiba TG01 (See our latest hands-on), and it's said that this one's from a Verizon store. Far-fetched? Not really. Remember that we've already seen a CDMA version slide through the feds.

If this pans out, it would give Big Red a pair of black slab Windows phones -- the TG01 and the HTC Imagio. That could be a tough call for VZW customers. On one hand you have the TG01 and its 4.1-inch (resistive) touchscreen and 1GHz Snapdragon processor. On the other hand you have the HTC Imagio, and all the custom ROM hackery that goes along with it.

This also probably all but rules out the HTC HD2 hitting Verizon first, but anything's possible, we guess.

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There's been zero doubt that we'd see Windows Mobile 6.5 on the Toshiba TG01 because, well, it was announced pretty much from the launch of the phone, and we've already seen a build running on it -- and running very swiftly on that 1GHz Snapdragon processor. And now Toshiba RSVP'd for the Oct. 6 Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day.

That said, the TG01 still isn't available on any any U.S. carrier. (Though we're holding out a little hope.) So, anyway, full presser on the upgrade is after the break.

Via Slashgear

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When last we saw the Toshiba TG02, we were looking at a leaked photo that might or might not have pointed to another slab form factor like its little brother, the TG01.

Now things get a little muddy, or possibly lost in translation. Dutch site Tweakers.net [via] has spotted the TG02 going through the WiFi Alliance [pdf link] and notes that the TG02 is a clamshell phone. But the model number is listed as TM5-EO1, which Unwired View reminds us is definitely not a clamshell phone and in fact is the FCC code for the TG01.

So what does it all mean? Heck if we know. But there is a TG02 floating around out there somewhere, and we did see a rumor that the TG01 was getting some CDMA love, so maybe things are along those lines. Or maybe it's something completely different. Or ... Or ...

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There's been a bit of gnashing of teeth over the Toshiba TG1. Sure, it's got that crazy user interface that we're not totally sold on, but it also has that giant (albeit resistive) touchscreen and is the first device to launch with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. Oh, and it wasn't planning on coming anywhere near North America.

That may well change. Engadget spied the TG01 gaining FCC approval — in a CDMA flavor. Of course, the only CDMA carriers in the United States are Sprint and Verizon, so that narrows the choices down a little bit. The FCC listing also notes that it was testing a "production" device, and not a prototype, so things may be farther along than anyone knew. It's also entirely possible that neither carrier could pick up the TG01, leaving us right where we are today: importing a pretty cool phone at a hefty price.

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Toshiba TG01 shipped with virus

Oopsie. Apparently a few Toshiba TG01s (those are the Snapdragon-powered, massive-screened phones we've been gushing over a bit) sold in July shipped with a virus. And, no, we're not talking about the funky user interface. Inside-handy.de [via unwired view]

Through the virus caused damage at O2 have not been reported. Toshiba is currently assessing the impact and the cause. We want as quickly as possible to clarify to what a virus is involved and how the virus on the memory cards could reach. From the beginning of next week, the TG01 again be distributed.

No word, though, on what sort of trouble the virus caused, and this appears confined to O2, so no need to run out and buy virus protection for your phone, especially since the TG01 isn't even available in the United States. And for more on smartphones and viruses, check out our previous story.

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Good news for British fans of Windows Mobile, huge touchscreens and fast processors: The Toshiba TG01, as expected, will be exclusive on the Orange network starting July 10 and is free if you sign up for a two-year contract.

A refresher on the specs:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional (upgradable to 6.5 - which we've already seen on it).
  • Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon processor at 1GHz.
  • Size: 70x130x9.9 mm.
  • Weight: 129g.
  • 4.1-inch, 480x800 resistive touchscreen.
  • 3.2MP camera.
  • 512MB ROM/256MB RAM.
  • MicroSD card.
  • Bluetooth 2.0.
  • WiFi b/g.
  • 1,000mAh battery. (Rut-ro, Raggy. That's gonna need some pretty regular charging.)
  • Quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900); 2100MHz for HSPA. So it'll work in the U.S., just not with 3G data.
  • aGPS.

Should be interesting to see some real-world results on battery life. While the Snapdragon is supposed to make things easier on the power source, a mere 1,000mAh battery makes us cringe a little. And do note that the phone will work on the U.S. GSM network, but data will be limited to EDGE only.

Orange [via Coolsmartphone]

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There's still no sign of the Toshiba TG01 getting any love in the United States, but one of the first Snapdragon-powered phones is sure starting to make the rounds elsewhere. Already released in Japan as the T01A, and appearing in a few other nations, an official coming out party is scheduled for July 9 in London.

We're still not totally sold on the TG01's custom interface. And we want to scream every time we see a touchscreen-only phone with icons that are smaller than a fingertip. But we're desperately wanting that 1GHz Snapdragon processor on a phone released here in the United States.

Slashgear via Engadget

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Toshiba TG01 launched in Japan

It's been no secret that we've been lusting after the Toshiba TG01, namely because of its 1GHz Snapdragon processor. If you need any more persuading, see Exhibit A. So it's with great jealousy that we acknowledge the launch of the T-01A in Japan, which we previously saw in a demo of the latest version of Kinoma Play.

But, really, who needs a 480x800, 4.1-inch screen? Who needs that Snapdragon proc. Who needs the 512MB of ROM and 256MB of RAM?

OK, enough. We do.

Microsoft [via BGR]

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If we had to pick one thing to be excited about in the coming year, the 1Ghz Snapdragon processors would be high on the list. And here we get a look at it hand-in-hand on a variant of the Toshiba TG01 with a future build of Kinoma Play, the uber-multimedia player of which we've been fans for a while.

What's really interesting with this new build is that it becomes a home screen within the Windows Mobile shell, with different pages you can pan through. (Yep, it's a lot like the iPhone's home screen. Can't say we blame 'em. And we like the idea of extra pages above and below.)

There's also a built-in app store, with downloaded apps sent straight to the Kinoma home screen. The already very functional podcatcher gets a refresh, and a full-on RSS reader will be added.

Yeah, this demo's done on a phone with some major processing power. (That's the version of the TGO1 that's destined for Japan's NTT docomo network.)  But we definitely like the direction that Kinoma play's going. No release date yet, so we'll be checking Kinoma's Web site.

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