Final 12 months Qualcomm launched the primary cellular chipset that went above 3.0 GHz, that was the Snapdragon 865+. However at this time’s story takes us a decade earlier to go to one other Snapdragon chipset – the primary to hit 1 GHz on cellular units, and extra particularly, the primary smartphone to make use of it.

The Toshiba TG01 was merely beautiful when it was launched in January 2009. It was the primary time we had to make use of “gigahertz” when describing the CPU clock velocity, and that wasn’t the one unbelievable characteristic of this machine.

It was each large and small. It had a “large” (for the time) 4.1-inch display screen and we have been actually involved about whether or not it could be single-handed and whether or not it would slot in your pocket. The display screen’s 5: 3 side ratio and a few chunky bezels made the machine 70mm huge and 130mm excessive. Definitely not unwieldy by at this time’s requirements, however fairly giant for the time.

Nevertheless, all of the computing energy and the big LCD have been housed in a slate that was solely 9.9 mm thick. This was earlier than the fashionable pattern for gauzy phones got here up and was fairly spectacular

So which working system was chosen to curb this 1 GHz beast? Home windows Cell 6.1 Skilled (later up to date to six.5). Android had solely hit the market a couple of months earlier, so WM did not look like an unreasonable selection. Additionally, Toshiba envisioned it as a phone for the discerning enterprise particular person, so the Microsoft working system was the best way to go.

Toshiba TG01 next to an iPhone 3G
Toshiba TG01 next to an iPhone 3G
Toshiba TG01 next to an iPhone 3G

Toshiba TG01 subsequent to an iPhone 3G

Historically, the producer ought to do its finest to cowl up the ugly Home windows Cell consumer interface. On this case, Toshiba has divided the show into eight vertical strips. They have been like folders in that they contained hyperlinks and information, every representing a class (e.g. contacts, media information, and so on.). Solely three have been seen at this level, so that you needed to swipe left and proper to see the off-screen gadgets and up and right down to see further gadgets in every class.

Above it was a single widget – the builders have been nonetheless attempting to determine contact UIs. Anyway, as soon as you bought out of Toshiba’s customized consumer interface and its fancy 3D animations, you have been confronted with the grumpy Home windows Cell consumer interface that got here straight out of Home windows 95.

The TG01 interface supported basic customizations
And gestures
Playing Prince of Persia HD on the TG01

The TG01 interface helps primary customizations • And gestures • Taking part in Prince of Persia HD

The touchscreen did not assist the scenario. The LCD was partly responsible. The 4.1-inch panel had a decision of 480 x 800 px and at 228 ppi it seemed sharp. Nevertheless, colour replica was restricted to 65K, though full 24-bit colour was out there on some trendy phones (65K colour was a Home windows Cell limitation).

Worse, this was a resistive contact show and lacked the sensitivity of capacitive touchscreens like those on the iPhone. The typing expertise on the digital keyboard was not that nice regardless of the bigger keys. There was an accelerometer for computerized display screen rotation, but it surely was reasonably sluggish.

The larger screen was suitable for a larger virtual QWERTY keyboard
The larger screen was suitable for a larger virtual QWERTY keyboard
The larger screen was suitable for a larger virtual QWERTY keyboard

The bigger display screen was appropriate for a bigger digital QWERTY keyboard

Magnificence requires sacrifice, or reasonably, a thickness of lower than 1 centimeter is required to restrict the battery capability to 1,000 mAh. If that sounds small, that is as a result of – characteristic phones had round 1,000 mAh, smartphones tended to have extra. A Nokia E52, for instance, was additionally 9.9 mm thick and had a 1,500 mAh battery. And this solely needed to feed a 600MHz CPU and a 2.4 “show. A 2009 iPhone 3GS (reasonably chunky at 12.3mm thick) had a 1,400mAh battery and wasn’t identified for its endurance.

Anyway, it is clear that all the work went into three issues: the 1 GHz chipset, the 4.1 inch show, and the 9.9 mm thick case. The whole lot else was much less necessary. For instance, the digital camera had a 3.15 megapixel sensor and will document 480p movies at 30 fps. Not dangerous, however no trigger for alarm both, as the primary phones with 720p recording got here onto the market in 2009. And a few of them did not even want a 1GHz CPU for that.

The Toshiba TG01 as we saw it at MWC in 2009
The Toshiba TG01 as we saw it at MWC in 2009
The Toshiba TG01 as we saw it at MWC in 2009

The Toshiba TG01 as we noticed it at MWC in 2009

The Toshiba TG01 triggered a sensation when it was introduced and made an impression on us after we first mentioned it at MWC 2009. Nevertheless, regardless of its dominant clock velocity and display screen measurement, the phone did not make a giant mark within the smartphone trade.

Earlier than that, we seemed on the HTC HD2, which launched a couple of months after the TG01. It used the identical Snapdragon S1 chipset because the Toshiba, had an excellent bigger 4.3-inch show, and ran Home windows Cell 6.5 with HTC’s superior Sense consumer interface. Regardless of their similarities, the HD2 achieved legendary standing, whereas the TG01 is hardly remembered.

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