HTC Touch Cruise Cruises to US in Spring with Extreme GPS Features

HTCTouchCruise.gifThe HTC Touch Cruise has had a makeover and now has a new look and extreme geo-tagging with HTC Footprints. The HTC Touch Cruise has been called a GPS-centric smartphone because HTC Footprints goes beyond geotagging photos. Users can add notes and an audio
clip and make digital "postcards."

HTC Footprints automatically name each postcard
with its general location or area. The HTC website notes "The best part about HTC Footprints is that
you can use them to find your way back to the hidden little café you
visited last year."  

Another GPS feature of the HTC Touch Cruise is that it can
be used as an in-car navigation system. .Once the HTC Touch Cruise is in the car kit
holder and it automatically changes to NaviPanel mode. NaviPanel gives a one-touch interface to the travel tools .Tap Go Home and the included software guides the user to a destination. It even helps users locate
services or avoid traffic jams on the way

This Windows Mobile 6.1 device also features a 2.8-inch QVGA
touch screen with HTC's TouchFlo interface, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, and a new thinner design.

HTC is expect to offer an unlocked version of
the HTC Cruise in the United States that will with 850/1900
HSDPA bands (for AT&T 3G ).

It should be available this spring, unlocked for $500
to $600.

HTC Touch Cruise Specifications (Specs.)

Processor Qualcomm® MSM7225™, 528 MHz
Operating System Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
Memory ROM: 512 MB
RAM: 256 MB
Dimensions 102 X 53.5 X 14.5 mm (4.02 X 2.11 X 0.57 inches)
Weight 103 grams (3.63 ounces) with battery
Display 2.8-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with QVGA resolution

  • Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz
  • Up to 384 kbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

    (Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)

Device Control HTC TouchFLO™
4-Way Navigation Wheel with Enter button
HTC Footprints™ button
GPS Internal GPS antenna
A-GPS capable (service provided by Google)
Connectivity Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for stereo wireless headsets
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB and audio jack in one), full-speed USB 2.0
Camera 3.2 megapixel color camera with fixed focus
Audio supported formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, AWB, QCP, MP3, WMA, WAV, MIDI
Video supported formats WMV, ASF, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, AVI
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1100 mAh
Talk time:

  • Up to 375 minutes for WCDMA
  • Up to 400 minutes for GSM

Standby time:

  • Up to 400 hours for WCDMA
  • Up to 330 hours for GSM

    (The above are subject to network and phone usage)

Expansion Slot microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
AC Adapter Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5V and 1A
Special Features Includes proprietary in-car holder
Photo geotagging