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Toshiba Snapdragon (TG01) hits 1 Ghz with a bite!

February 9th, 2009 No comments
Toshiba Snapdragon 1Ghz Smartphone

Toshiba Snapdragon 1Ghz Smartphone

The 1Ghz smartphone is coming really soon from Toshiba using Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon ARM processor.

The Toshiba TG01 Windows Mobile 6.1 phone was designed to on the iPhone 3G – a very ambitious task

The new mobiile phone is only 9.9mm thick. It uses a 4.1-inch WVGA 800 x 480 384k pixel resistive touch screen and comes with support for 3G HSPA, Wi-Fi, GPS and assisted-GPS.

The TG01 is expected to be available in Europe this summer. The price is not known or disclosed at the present time.

The Qualcomm silicon supports high-definition (720p) video decode, 3D graphics (up to 22M triangles/sec), XGA display support, a 12-megapixel camera, and mobile broadcast TV making it a true contender to the iPhone 3G.

The chip’s claim to fame is that it’s an ARM design that runs at 1GHz. Typical ARM architecture chips used in mobile phones peak at about 500MHz. This creates new possibilities and applications such as multitasking and multiple services running at the same time. Imagine using this powerful phone as your computer. You could theoretically place your phone on a docking station with attached computer monitors, keyboard, mouse and have the phone as your portable computer. You can then take your data and applications to go.

Qualcomm also expects to release a Snapdragon at 1.5 Ghz according to Manjit Gill, director of product development, Connected and Consumer Products Group in a recent interview with NanoTech: The Circuits Blog.

The future Qualcomm QSD8672 will be a dual-core Snapdragon that features two CPU computing cores capable of 1.5GHz performance, and will include HSPA+, up to 28Mbps download speeds, 1080p high-definition video, Wi-Fi, mobile TV, and GPS. The graphics core is based on Advanced Micro Devices’ ATI unit’s technology.

Maybe they should call it a double headed Snapdragon. Beyond the hardware advantages over the iPhone. Toshiba and/or Windows must have a truely vertical strategy much like Apple providing end to end delivery of music, videos, and applications in a central hub with an intuitive interface. The Snapdragon can then be considered an iPhone Killer