Toshiba Portégé G500 and G900
Q2 / Q3 2007
10th April 2007
Toshiba is a familiar name when it comes to
laptops, and one that will even be familiar to Mobile
Gazette readers for their mobile phones (such as
What's a little surprising then is that it's taken so
long for Toshiba to put the two together and come up
with some smartphones.
But here they are.. the G500 and G900 models bear
the Portégé (pronounced port-ay-zhay)
that Toshiba uses on its most compact laptops, presumably
meaning that Toshiba are pitching the G500 and G900
models primarily as tiny Windows-based devices rather
than just souped-up mobile phones.
Toshiba Portégé G500
The Portégé G500 (pictured right) is
a fairly conventional looking slider phone at first
glance. Underneath the G500's understated exterior is
a Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone with EDGE, 3G, HSDPA
(we believe it is tri-band HSDPA) and WiFi data support
plus local Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
One novel thing about the G500 is the fingerprint
sensor which can also be used to navigate the handset's
menus. We don't have much information on this except
that the G500 also uses this as a security feature.
The display is a 2.3" 240x320 pixel display and
the Portégé G500 also has a 2 megapixel
camera with a secondary video calling camera, miniSD
expandable memory , VOIP capabilities and the bundled
software package is the pretty familiar combination
of features that comes with Windows Media 5.0.
The indications are that the Portégé
G500 will be available in retail very soon, by
the end of April or beginning or May for around £300
A step up from the G500, the Portégé
G900 (pictured left) runs the new Windows Mobile 6.0
operating system and has a 3" display with a slide-out
QWERTY keyboard. As with the other model, the Portégé
G900 has 3G capabilities, WiFi, HSDPA, EDGE, a fingerprint
scanner, Bluetooth, a 2 megapixel camera with a secondary
one for video calls, miniSD expandable memory and VOIP
Windows Media 6.0 is a pretty new package, but essentially
it offers the same useful business features as 5.0 does.
This means that the G900 is potentially a very powerful
Toshiba say that the G900 should be available from
summer 2007 although no pricing has been given.
Although Toshiba are a late entrant into this market
segment, there doesn't seem to be an awful lot of competition
to the dominant HTC. These two Portégé
certainly seem competitive, and the fingerprint features
looks to be very useful.. whether or not the combination
of features and branding will make an impact remains
to be seen.
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