According to an unconfirmed report, an upcoming Toshiba model will offer something no Pocket PC has ever had before, a VGA screen.
Last week, a pair of online retailers posted on their sites some details on the Toshiba e805. Both Amazon.com and J&R said this upcoming handheld will have a 4 inch screen; however, they said this would be at the Pocket PC-standard resolution of 240 by 320 pixels. Today, PocketPCTools.com is reporting receiving a leaked PowerPoint presentation that indicates that this handheld will actually have a 480 by 640 pixel screen. This will presumably use some form of pixel doubling, as it will also be switchable down to 240 by 320. Reportedly this will be backed up by ATI’s V100 Video Chipset.
Supposedly, the e805 will run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC on a 300 MHz Intel Xscale PXA263 processor. It will offer 128 MB of RAM, 32 MB of ROM, and 32 MB of NAND Flash ROM. It is not yet known how much of this will be available to the user.
The online retailers indicated that the e805 will include integrated Wi-Fi. However, according to PocketPCTools.com, there will be two versions, one with Wi-Fi and one with Bluetooth.
All the sources agree this device will have both a CompactFlash Type II slot and an SD/MMC slot that is compatible with SDIO. It will reportedly include a 1300mAh, swappable, Lithium-Ion battery.
Some of the sources disagree on the size of this handheld, but the most likely ones are given by PocketPCTools.com. It says this model will be 5.3 inches tall, 3.0 inches wide, and .66 inches thick (135 x 77 x 16.7 mm).
Supposedly, the Toshiba e805 will be bundled with software for doing Text-to-speech and operating by voice commands.
Judging from the logo on the picture, this model will be part of Toshiba’s Genio line.
According to J&R and Amazon.com, Toshiba’s suggested price for the Wi-Fi version of the e805 will be $599. The Bluetooth version, if it is real, will almost certainly cost less. It is not yet known when these devices will be available.
Apparently Toshiba has at least one other model up its sleeve. Last week, Amazon.com and J&R also leaked information about the Toshiba e405, a mid-range model.