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Toshiba TG01 – why am I not excited?

Toshiba TG01 – why am I not excited?

Yesterday Toshiba took the wraps off their latest smartphone, the TG01, and with it catapulted themselves into the must-see category at Mobile World Congress next week.  We've got details, photos and high-definition video of the TG01 if you need to get fully up to speed, but basically it's a 9.9mm thick WM6.1 smartphone with a 4.1-inch touchscreen, all the usual 3G and GPS connections, and a custom GUI as is so common now among users of Microsoft's mobile platform.  There's no denying it's a slick, attractive handset - so how come I can't get excited?

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Nokia planning multitouch devices for Q2 launch?

Nokia planning multitouch devices for Q2 launch?

Nokia is planning several 3G and 3.5G devices with multitouch and multimedia functionality in 2009, according to the latest industry rumors.  Despite poor financial performance in the last quarter, and predictions that the mobile device market would shrink in the coming year, Nokia have apparently told chip suppliers that it will increase orders in March, with new handsets using the technology launching in Q2 2009.

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Nokia N97 pre-order suggests March 31st UK release

Nokia N97 pre-order suggests March 31st UK release

UK online retailer Play.com have begun to accept pre-orders for the Nokia N97, suggesting a release date for the touchscreen smartphone of March 31st 2009.  The handset, which is supplied SIM-free and unlocked, is priced at £479.99 ($704); only the white version is currently listed.  Nokia themselves have not yet confirmed an official release date, only that the N97 will launch in the first half of 2009, nor have they priced the device.

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SlashGear Week in Review: Week 2 2009

SlashGear Week in Review: Week 2 2009

We kicked off the week with our yearly visit to Macworld, finding a slightly subdued show floor but plenty of excitement about Apple's final keynote address at the conference.  Anticipation was high, with several new products expected to launch; instead, however, the only hardware news was a 17-inch unibody MacBook Pro.  No Mac mini update, no iPhone nano, no new iMac, and certainly no new iTouch tablet.  Phil Schiller attempted to channel some Jobsian enthusiasm over iLife '09 and iWork '09, which are certainly adept pieces of software, and the price changes for iTunes could shake up the download world a little, but it wasn't the "going out with a bang" for Macworld that many expected.

After that, it was CES 2009, and the SlashGear team decamped to Las Vegas to cover the best-known consumer electronics show on the calendar.  The impact of the recession has certainly made its mark on CES, with what looked to be a lower attendee turnout and several booth cancellations.  Headline gadgets were also fewer and further between, though there were still a few notable announcements.

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CES 2009: Nokia N97 hands-on: Facebook, widgets and Video Demo

CES 2009: Nokia N97 hands-on: Facebook, widgets and Video Demo

With all the furore over the Palm Pre this past week, many have forgotten that it will come up against another QWERTY-equipped, sliding touchscreen smartphone when it launches in the first half of 2009.  The Nokia N97 made a discrete showing at CES, bearing a newer (though still nowhere near final) software build than the version we last saw, and SlashGear sat down with the handset to find out some more details.  After the cut, we talk Facebook, widgets  and design decisions.

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Nokia N97 previewed

Nokia N97 previewed

The Nokia N97 may still be six months away, but that hasn't stopped Mobile-Review from putting together a fiendishly comprehensive "preview" of the QWERTY smartphone.  They've found the touchscreen handset to be sturdy and robust, with a solid hinge and, thanks to the elongated casing, a narrow feel in the hand.  The display comes in for compliments, too, both for its quality and finger-friendliness.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 49 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 49 2008

Nokia stole much of the limelight this week, with the announcement of the N97 touchscreen QWERTY smartphone.  Set to take the crown as flagship N-series device when it hits the market next year, make sure to check out our video preview.  Meanwhile, after a few relatively quiet weeks, netbooks and their desk-bound nettop cousins seized headlines, with the HP Mini 1000 getting integrated 3G, Sony's EVDO/HSPA-packing VAIO netbook peeking out courtesy of the FCC, and the first Qualcomm Snapdragon netbook showing its convertible tablet charms.

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Next-gen Nokia touchscreen phone leaked?

Next-gen Nokia touchscreen phone leaked?

Color us sceptical with so little to go on, but Journal du Geek report that Nokia has been showing off the following teaser advert at their Capital Markets Day in Brooklyn on Thursday.  The image shows an as-yet unannounced Nokia device with a slim silver bezel, full touchscreen interface and minimal hardware controls, with the tagline "Best in class touch solution enables large volumes and growth".  Update: New information after the cut.

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