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Toshiba has launched a new Windows Mobile handset that the manufacturer says is the first mobile phone to use Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
The TG01, unveiled on Tuesday, runs Windows Mobile 6.1. It will also, according to Toshiba, run the much-delayed Internet Explorer Mobile 6. The mobile web browser has not yet been released — it was due in handsets late last year — but Microsoft has said it will offer a desktop-like browsing experience.
The handset has a 4.1-inch WVGA (800x480 pixel) touchscreen and, like many recent Windows Mobile-based handsets, a custom-designed user interface.
An unusual feature in Toshiba's user interface is the ability to answer calls by shaking the phone — a function that uses the built-in accelerometer. Similarly, the user can cycle through open applications by tilting the handset to the left or right.
The processor used in the TG01 is Qualcomm's Snapdragon, which is supposed to be optimised for low power consumption. Toshiba claimed in a statement that the TG01 would offer "ultra-low-power consumption with dynamic speed adaptation".
One significant specification that has not yet been announced is the phone's battery life. The more powerful a processor, the more power it consumes, and a 1GHz processor is extremely powerful for a mobile phone.
By way of comparison, Apple's iPhone uses a 667MHz processor, underclocked to 400MHz. Last November, Asus announced the P656 smartphone, also running Windows Mobile 6.1, which will have an 800MHz processor. Asus claimed at the time that its phone would be the fastest smartphone to date.
A Toshiba spokesperson told ZDNet UK on Wednesday that the handset is "still in pre-production so battery life won't be confirmed yet".