O2 Germany's announcement of the
O2 Xda Guide (see
our recent photoview here), HTC Corporation today announced its own
version of the so far codenamed
HTC Iolite which
is now called
HTC Touch Cruise. The 2009 HTC Touch Cruise, an update to 2008's popular HTC
GPS device of the same name, boasts a new, more compact design and a host of new
capabilities to offer a richer and more intuitive experience in one powerful
Powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7225 CPU at 528 MHz, the device features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE
as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA in addition to Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g
The HTC Touch Cruise comes with a 2.8" QVGA touchscreen and sports a 3.2
megapixel fixfocus camera. The inbuilt 256 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM can be expanded
by microSD cards.
The new HTC Touch Cruise is the first mobile phone to offer
an application experience that enables people to permanently chronicle their
special moments by capturing a digital postcard on their phone. Once captured,
Footprints provides the ability to take notes and an audio clip of that favorite
restaurant or special place while identifying its specific geographical
location. In addition to identifying each postcard with its specific GPS
co-ordinates, Footprints also auto-names each postcard with its general location
Flipping back through their photos, HTC Touch Cruise users will be able to
retrace their steps to that exact location in just a few touches. Unlike other
devices with geo-tagging functionality, HTC Footprints works effectively
outdoors and indoors, offering a more accurate record of location for future
reference and navigation.
The HTC Touch Cruise is also an advanced in-car navigation system. When
placed into its accompanying car cradle, the HTC Touch Cruise automatically
transforms its user interface into an easy-to-use, one-touch interface that
provides seamless turn-by-turn directions.
The new HTC Touch Cruise will be available to customers across all major
global markets in spring 2009. A price wasn't announced today.
Cheers ~ Arne