TOSHIBA LAUNCHED the TG01 on the Orange network in the UK today. It's based on Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon, the fastest processor in a mobile phone to date.
Tosh's emphasis is on media handling on the move, so the phone is mostly screen - a 4.1-inch resistive touch display - and at only 9.9mm it's almost as thin as a freshly purged supermodel.
The device is available on a 24-month, £39.15 per month plan from Orange as of today.
Unfortunately the phone is let down by its OS - Windows 6.1. The INQ had a fumble with the handset at the launch event last night, but even the Tosh and Orange demonstrators found it a tad cumbersome to navigate at times.
We couldn't help feeling that WM6.1 is hardly the best way to show off the power of the processor behind it. Tosh is promising an update to WM6.5 when Microsoft finally gets around to releasing it.
There are some firmware additions by Orange, which could also have been the reason for our slower than expected handset experience.
But then if you wait around for a few days website Xda-developers will surely have an Android ROM for the TG01.
Keep watching the INQ for a video walk-through coming soon. µ
Beta go give it a whirl
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