today HTC announced the new HTC Touch Cruise, which is the first device to incorporate HTC Footprints, a new feature that allows people to capture special moments and places in a whole new way. The new Touch Cruise will come to the US as an unlocked phone with quad band GSM and 850/1900MHz HSDPA bands this spring. Here is more info about HTC's new Touch Cruise:
With HTC Footprints, mobile images are taken to the next level by allowing people to tag their pictures with a variety of additional information. There are a number of scenarios that you could imagine for this:
? Family historians can capture audio clips with each image, effectively capturing in the moment thoughts and feelings.
? Leisure travelers can take advantage of the included GPS chipset and tag each image with its exact coordinates, as well as rename that image with the location it was taken. When a person goes back through old images, they find their life?s moments chronicled in detail in the palm of their hand.
? Those taking long road trips can use the included car cradle and one touch navigation for turn by turn directions. Once placed in its cradle, the device?s navigation user interface automatically turns on and provides turn by turn directions on the 2.8? QVGA touchscreen. Once removed from its cradle, the device returns to its regular home screen, effectively eliminating the need for two separate devices. Additionally, the HTC Touch Cruise includes full turn-by-turn navigation capability without needing to pay for a navigation service subscription.
Utilizing HTC?s TouchFLO technology and running on Windows Mobile 6.1, the HTC Touch Cruise continues HTC?s legacy of bringing powerful smartphones to the market. The device also incorporates Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, along with a MicroSD expansion slot allowing virtually limitless work and play. The HTC Touch Cruise will be available in all major global markets. In the US, the Touch Cruise will come to market as an unlocked device with 850/1900 HSDPA bands in spring 2009 for approximately $500-$600.
Key HTC Touch Cruise Specifications
Size: 102 x 53.5 x 14.5mm Weight: 103 grams Connectivity: WCDMA/HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps; 850/1900MHz HSDPA for U.S. Operating system: Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Display: 2.8-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with QVGA resolution Control panel: HTC TouchFLO, 4-Way navigation wheel with Enter and HTC Footprints buttons Camera: 3.2 MP, with fixed focus Internal memory: 512 MB flash ROM, 256 MB RAM Expansion Slot: microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible) Bluetooth: 2.0 with EDR Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g GPS: GPS/A-GPS Interface: HTC ExtUSB (mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one) Battery: 1100 mAh Talk time: GSM: up to 400 minutes Standby time: GSM: up to two weeks Chipset: Qualcomm MSM7225, 528 MHz