Nifty new Windows Mobile phone - Could it be a Car PC too?
Nifty New Phone: Could it be a CarPC, Too?
One of the reported biggest hits at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was Toshiba's TG01 Windows Mobile touchscreen smartphone. But it isn't scheduled to hit the USA (yet). :(
Look at the resolution here -- this is a phone screen?
The TG01 has a 4.1-inch, 800 x 480 display. Yes, 800 x 480 -- the same as a lot of carPC screens. It runs a 1GHz processor and adds Wi-Fi, GPS, stereo Bluetooth, HSDPA, and support for DivX video and Adobe Flash. It will run Windows Mobile 6.1 out of the box, and will be able to run Windows Mobile 6.5. The TG01 is expected to ship in Europe in the summer; no word on USA availability.
There's a YouTube video on it. I'm not all that dazzled by the striped interface, but there's some interesting potential in it. I think the iPhone has the interface to beat.
Apple may answer this with an 800 x 480 screen, as well, which means 800 x 480 would become the new benchmark for phone screens.
Now for three important questions about the TG01:
- How much will it cost?
- What ports does it have?
- Could Centrafuse run on Windows Mobile 6.5?
If the answer to the last question is anywhere near "yes", that's a huge step toward a highly mobile carPC. It could mean that building a carPC with this device is three operations:
- Install the docking station and make the proper connections to the vehicle's systems.
- Load the software we want.
- Plug 'er in and drive.
It would all be so easy if automotive manufacturers could agree on a common interface, like OBD-II, or even a more advanced version; we could call it, um, "OBD Plus". Is that far too much to hope for?