One of the most hotly contested issues of this season has been the screen resolution of Toshiba’s upcoming e805. New evidence has emerged today to support the theory that it has a 480 by 640 pixel (VGA) screen.
There have been several leaks of information about this device, but these have disagreed about the screen resolution. About a month ago, two online retailers mistakenly posted information on the e805, one of which clearly stated the device has a 240 by 320 pixel (QVGA) screen. However, about a week later, PocketPCTools.com reported receiving a leaked PowerPoint presentation that indicated that this handheld will actually have a VGA screen. This will presumably use some form of pixel doubling, as it will also be switchable down to QVGA.
Now a Taiwanese web site has pictures that appear to support the information in the PowerPoint presentation. The site has numerous pictures of the device, including some with its screen at QVGA, and others with it at VGA.
The lower resolution is necessary because most Pocket PC applications don’t support the higher resolution. It appears as if Toshiba has created a separate launcher to display and allow the user to open VGA-compatible software. The e805 will come with four applications that can use the high-resolution screen. These will allow the user to view documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and images.
The Taiwanese site gives a great deal of other information about this device. According to it, the e805 will run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC on a 400 MHz Intel Xscale PXA263 processor. It will offer 128 MB of RAM, 32 MB of ROM, and 32 MB of NAND Flash ROM.
It will offer Wi-Fi wireless networking and dual slots: CompactFlash Type II and SD/MMC.
In addition, Toshiba told the Wall Street Journal earlier this month that the e805 will come with Voice over IP (VoIP) software that will allow it to call other VoIP devices for free. While this certainly won’t be the first Pocket PC with this capability, the e805 will have a built-in speaker and microphone that will facilitate its use as a phone.
According to the information made available when the e805 received its FCC approval a few weeks ago, this device will be 5.0 inches high, 3.2 inches wide and 0.7 inches thick (130 mm by 78 mm by 16 mm) and weigh 6.9 ounces (195g ).
Toshiba told the Wall Street Journal that this handheld will be launched later this month. According to J&R and Amazon.com, Toshiba’s suggested price for the e805 will be $599.
Thanks to Brian McBride for the tip.