Toshiba preps release of Satellite HSDPA PDA phone

Posted by Wolfgang Gruener

Chicago (IL) – The FCC has approved Toshiba’s latest PocketPC. Originally announced as the Portege G900 at the 3GSM conference earlier this year, the device apparently will be marketed under the firm’s “Satellite” brand, run Windows Mobile 6 and offer a feature set that will make most of its competitors look antiquated.

There certainly is a lot of activity in the cellphone space lately. Within the next few months, we will be seeing a range of new devices that are likely to draw more people back into the stores and consider an upgrade of their old device than we have seen before. Apple’s iPhone has a lot to do with that scenario and probably has influenced devices such as the new Motorola Razr 2 or Sony’s W660i to a certain degree. Toshiba is the latest company to take a new shot at the smartphone market, with what appears to become the most complete PDA offering to date.

The G900 will be sold under a brand that Toshiba so far has limited to its notebooks - Satellite – and will offer a slide-out keyboard. At its core, the phone will run an Intel-developed Marvel PXA270 processor with Bulverde core. The documents filed with the FCC do not reveal the clock speed of the CPU, which is offered in 312 and 624 MHz versions.

 

What makes the Satellite stand out is its high-resolution screen, which squeezes a stunning 480x800 pixels on its 3” LCD. In comparison, Apple says that the iPhone will display 320x480 pixels on its 3.5” screen and Palm’s Foleo mobile companion supports 1024x600 pixels on a substantially larger 10” display. Other hardware specs include 128 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM, a webcam, a 2 megapixel digital camera with flash, Triband, HSDPA as well as 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR wireless connectivity, a miniSD expansion slot and a mini USB interface. A noteworthy feature is an integrated fingerprint sensor – a function that was first supported by HP’s iPaq h5450 in 2002, but remains a somewhat rare feature in the market until today.

 

 

 

Equipped with 64 MB of memory, the G900 will include a basic set of applications that run on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6 Professional operating system. Included are Office Mobile, Internet Explorer, Opera’s web browser, Windows Live Messenger and Windows Media Player.

Availability and pricing has not been, but expect the G900 to be announced within a few weeks and carry a price tag of at least $500.