Toshiba Roadmap Hints at Fuel Cell MID, Capacitive Touchscreen Smartphone
Toshiba’s leaked roadmap hints at some delicious new devices with notable new features. All in all, one device will be waterproof, one will have a three-channel speaker, and another will be powered by a fuel cell and have a detachable keyboard.
Toshiba is hoping to continue the TG lineage that started with the TG01 in its super slim, large screen form factor. The TG02 will launch with a water resistant form factor in the fourth quarter. Soon after, the TG03 will launch with a three-channel speaker.
Also around the same time, Toshiba will launch the K01 with a slider form factor, similar to the Touch Pro, but with the TG01’s internal specs and a capacitive touchscreen, the kind used on the T-Mobile G1 and iPhone. Almost in tandem, a K02 will debut as well with a clamshell form factor and slightly larger screen, which is very retro like the old Sony Cleo PDAs of yesteryear.
Last, but not least, also scheduled for a fourth quarter launch, is an L01. According to Engadget Mobile, the L01 will be a mixed with an HTC Advantage and the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet. The L01 will have a large screen and fill the Mobile Internet Device (MID) space for Toshiba. Interestingly enough, it will be powered by a fuel cell! The device will have a 7-inch WVGA screen and what looks to be a detachable keyboard and kickstand. The kickstand on the L01 and the screen form-factor is similar to the HTC Whitestone, taken from the 2009 HTC leak. The Whitestone doesn’t have the detachable keyboard of the L01 and will feature a smaller display of the same WVGA resolution.
Of course, all this will be a teaser for North American users as Toshiba’s smartphones have not reached stateside after Toshiba pulled out of the PDA market. The Toshiba e700 series were some of the last PDAs available in the States before the firm exited the PDA market here. The e700 series were innovative in that they combined a lot of “high end” features for the time for an attractive price.