Toshiba could well steal the spotlight away from some bigger smartphone names with the launch of its latest high-end handset at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Called the TG01, it’s the first announced device with Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon QSD2850 chipset with dynamic speed control to ensure good battery life.

The super-slim 9.9mm device has an impressive 4.1 inch WVGA resistive screen and features a virtual trackpad.

As the successor to the G910, it also features Toshiba’s own 3D user interface, which boasts vertical blinds and swiping gestures.

Phone calls can be answered by shaking the phone, and the accelerometer can also be used to rotate the screen.

Armed as it is with the 1GHz chipset, it will runs Windows Mobile 6.1 at pace, as well as full Flash.

The device has the standard Windows Mobile feature set: HSDPA, WIFI, GPS and microSD memory expansion.

The smartphone is expected to be available in Europe in Q3 2009, but may be exclusive to some carriers.

Pricing should be similar to the HTC Touch HD.

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