While Toshiba hasn’t been able to sell a ton of Android phones outside of Japan, it’s looking to try and change that somewhat in the coming quarters. Thanks to DigInfo, we’ve been able to get a taste of one of Toshiba’s most recent creations, with a working prototype of the Regza Phone IS11T Android smartphone, which looks to be a beast of a QWERTY phone.
Aesthetically, it’s quite similar to Toshiba’s previous designs, but its insides feature a fairly radical upgrade. This 4 inch QWERTY phone will be running Android 2.3.4, and features an upgraded 1.4Ghz Snapdragon processor, 4-inch Full Wide VGA display and a slide-out, full QWERTY keyboard.
According to the PR rep interviewed in the video”[Toshiba] would like to promote this smartphone to heavy users of social networking services and email, especially those who frequently text with Twitter and Facebook.”
While touchscreen phones like the Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Sensation, and others without keyboards are all the rage these days, there still is a demand for devices with a large screen and a slide out QWERTY keyboard. Positive reviews of the Motorola Droid 3 continue to confirm this, as do reading the comments of some of the more popular mobile technology blogs.
This phone was designed with social networking in mind, and the phone can be set to automatically open applications like Facebook, Twitter or email as soon as the keyboard is slid out.
Additional specs include an 8 megapixel camera, support for IR data transmission, WiFi and Bluetooth, and the phone itself has a stated 300 minutes of talk time and 260 hours standby.
Currently, the phone is in the late production stages, with some fine-tuning to the software still to be made before it’s September release date.
Any thoughts? Will it ever see the light of day on European or North American shores?