Is the Android-Powered, 12-Megapixel Toshiba TG03 Really Dead?
Remember the Toshiba TG03? This rumored third handset in the high-end Windows Mobile 6.5-powered TG-series was first tipped in April 2009 by way of a leaked roadmap and very early render; it was said to be a three-channel surround sound version of the TG02, which itself was a waterproof variant of the original TG01 that never seems to have come to market. Well thanks to the wonderful camera finder feature on Picasa, we learned that the TG03 snapped a mere six pictures which were uploaded to the photo sharing site, spanning the period September 27th (the exact same day it appeared on the GSM certification list) to October 7th of last year. The interesting thing is that the resolution of some of the images is 3000 x 4000 pixels, which works out to 12 megapixels — much higher than the five megapixel sensor that the TG03 was expected to feature.
One of the six images is of a presumed Toshiba employee’s monitor, where references to Android and .apk files are quite clearly displayed, suggesting that he or she was working on a handset for that platform. And sure enough, just ten days after the TG03 went silent on Picasa, Fujitsu-Toshiba’s first Android-powered handset, the Regza T-01C, posted its first 12-megapixel image. Notably, the TG01 was sold in Japan as the T-01A, and the keyboard-equipped version of the TG02, the K01, was also released in Japan last year as the T-01B. All of this evidence, plus speculation on a number of Japanese sites, is highly suggestive that the Windows Mobile-powered TG03 was reborn as the T-01C with Android.
This begs the question, then, if the TG03 will ever see a release outside of Japan. It did in fact pass the FCC back in November of last year — a filing in which it is clearly referred to as both the TG03 as well as T-01C — but that’s very typical of DoCoMo handsets, and its support for only one of AT&T’s two 3G bands precludes a US release for that particular configuration. The fact that TG03 stopped uploading photos to Picasa over three months ago is not an encouraging sign for a widespread rollout, although it’s possible that it has been rebranded internally with a more consumer-friendly moniker. However, with the Fujitsu-Toshiba joint venture seemingly concentrating on its domestic market — the TG01 was released all the way back in July 2009 — we’d be surprised to see any devices destined for the international marketplace anytime soon.