Toshiba G920 is not lost in translation

Tags: Toshiba, Portege

As we informed you, initial information leaks about the latest Toshiba mobiles mentioned two identical models - the Toshiba G920 and the Toshiba G910. Later on rumors narrowed it down to only Toshiba G920. The official unveiling event of the devices however spoke only of Toshiba G910.

But now it's official - there will be two versions of the devices - one is called Toshiba Portege G910 with Qualcomm's gpsOneXTRA Assistance technology, and the second one is indeed Toshiba Portege G920, which will have A-GPS (Assisted GPS) support for those network operators that offer the service.

Toshiba have finally presented all the details about the Toshiba Portege G910/G920 high-end PocketPC along with the Toshiba Portege G710 - a compact Windows Mobile smartphone. Both devices look interesting enough to challenge the HTC product lineup and we are yet to see how good they are with some hands-on experience - hopefully at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 2008.

The Toshiba Portege G910/G920 PocketPC has a clamshell form factor in an obvious attempt by Toshiba to make it look more of a mini-laptop. The Toshiba G910/G920 is armed with 3G and HSDPA, Wi-Fi and an integrated GPS receiver. Since both devices are based on a Qualcomm MSM7200 platform which is becoming increasingly popular in the HTC product portfolio too, the Toshiba G910 integrated Qualcomm GPS receiver benefits from the Qualcomm's gpsOneXTRA Assistance technology, which is said to provide a faster 'first fix' with greater GPS sensitivity indoors and in dense urban environments. The Toshiba G920 is an identical device, but it comes with A-GPS support and will be available for network carriers that support it.

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Toshiba Portege G910/G920

The Toshiba Portege G910/G920 3" touchscreen TFT display has a wonderful WVGA resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, and the device runs on Windows Mobile 6.0 Pro. Unfortunately the initially suggested 3 megapixel camera was dropped in favor of a 2 megapixel one. That would make it somewhat hard to battle the HTC TyTN II, which has a 3 megapixel module on board. There is also no USB-host feature - a little something that made the original Toshiba G900 PocketPC an attractive feature combo.

The Toshiba Portege G910/G920 is also equipped with a biometric fingerprint scanner for security, and it also has Bluetooth support and VoIP capabilities. The processor under the hood of the G910 is yet unknown, but it's rumored to be a 528 MHz one, there is also 128MB of RAM available on board.

The Toshiba Portege G910 will become available across Europe in Q1 2008 at an approximate price of EUR 600.

Toshiba has also presented the Toshiba Portege G710 - a sleek Windows Mobile smartphone, that comes with an integrated GPS receiver. The Toshiba G710 has a messenger form factor with a full hardware QWERTY keyboard and we call it compact because it's only a tad larger than Samsung i600. Toshiba G710 has a large 2.4" TFT display with QVGA resolution. Trackball menu navigation, a 2 megapixel snapper, microSD memory card slot (up to 2GB), and stereo Bluetooth are also available.

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Toshiba Portege G910/G920

The Toshiba Portege G710 sports quad-band GSM/EDGE support, but unfortunately there are no Wi-Fi capabilities (did someone say Blackberry tactics?). In all it's worth, the Toshiba G710 sounds like a mixed bag, so we'll have to check it for ourselves - hopefully at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 2008.

The Toshiba Portege G710 will become available across Europe in Q1 2008 but there's no word on pricing, but as far as Toshiba press documents go, it should be "affordable".

Toshiba also announced the Toshiba Portege G450 - a unique 4-in-1 portable device. It's a portable HSDPA USB modem, a diminutive mobile phone, a USB data storage device and a MP3 player. It sounds cheesy enough given the fact that it's really small. It measures 36mm x 98mm x 16mm and weighs only 57 g.

Toshiba Portege G450
Toshiba Portege G450

With the innovative Toshiba G450 you always have a broadband connection in your pocket - you just need to plug it directly to any of your computer's USB ports. You can even make calls on the device while you are surfing the Web through your network carrier's GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA wireless network. The Toshiba G450 has an OLED display with a resolution of 96 x 39 pixels, which is just enough to manage your day-to-day calls and messages.

As a mobile phone the Toshiba Portege G450 doesn't have any fancy features - the only additional extra beside the music player is the Alarm clock. Unfortunately the 160MB of built-in storage memory is not enough for it to be called a standalone portable music player and chances are you will probably not be throwing away your music player just yet.

The Toshiba Portege G450 will be available in black, white and red on markets across Europe as of Q1 2008. Pricing is yet unknown and yet it's the most intriguing thing we would like to know about the Toshiba G450.




Toshiba G920 is not lost in translation - reader comments

  • Kirk

Just bought a G910 and it ends up similiar to G900. Bugs, slow machine although the build quality is second to none. Saw G450 yesterday in store and v excited about it. Unfortunately it does not work with Linux in my eee PC 701 out of box. ...

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  • 2008-05-11 12:49
  • pTEa
  • thik

good job

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  • 2008-02-12 11:43
  • 2IJD
  • saab_rider

The G710 pictures are wrongly labeled as "Protoge G910/G920"

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  • 2008-01-25 02:15
  • jhw4