UK's Orange announces Toshiba TG01

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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  • I WANT THIS PHONE!!!!!!!!!!
  • I was really excited about this phone right up until the part about EDGE-only in the U.S. How depressing. My most anticipated device purchase of the year has been ruined.
  • By the time it makes it to the states, they may swap the physical radio to make sure it connects to the right frequency for US bound 3G. I can't see them bringing a phone that is so ahead technologically without the proper hardware for 3G.
  • If not, I'll have to hope that the HTC Thoth has a front mic, unlike the Athena. That one would be just about as cool.
  • How is that thing free with a 2 year plan? Wish we could get that in the states.
  • I wish I knew someone across the pond that could help me import one of those bad boys.
  • lack of physical d-pad turns me away - touch is nice and all but sometimes u just want buttons
  • I wonder when it will come to Australia...if ever.
  • It's a nice looking phone, I saw a video where the transitions took a bit more time than I expected, so this wonderfully edited video probably avoided showing those... It's definitely a unique remedy to the aging WinMo 6.1 UI issue(s)...
  • Very disappointed by the lack of American 3g, but as mentioned by another poster it may get a radio upgrade. I am also not impressed with the meager 3mp camera and the inadequate battery.
    This phone shot to the top of my list when I first heard about it, but now I am not as enthralled with it.
  • ...I never understood how they UK gets soooo much better contract deals than we do, it's a 2-year contract, the same as AT&T over here? How come they're subsidized so much more...
  • Orange phones are successfully completed without being cut off prematurely, compared with calls made on other uk digital mobile phone networks.