HTC Reveals Touch Cruise with Footprints

Today HTC unveiled a new version of its GPS-centric Touch Cruise smartphone with a thinner design and new HTC Footprints software. Footprints builds on the concept of geotagging by making it possible for you to take notes and record audio clips that can be bundled into a digital postcard on HTC Touch Cruise with Footprintsyour phone. This digital postcard includes your personal thoughts along with a picture and GPS location data. In addition to bundling images with useful information, Footprints can automatically name your postcards using location information.

Utilizing Footprints, you can easily retrace your steps to a specific location by simply flipping through your photos. Although we’re not exactly sure how it works, Footprints also claims to work indoors where you might not be able to get a GPS signal—unlike other devices that have geotagging functionality and only work outside.

As with other Touch Cruise models, this phone doubles as a navigation system thanks to the phone’s built-in GPS and a-GPS. When the phone is placed in the accompanying cradle, it automatically launches into a navigation mode that provides an easy-to-use interface and turn-by-turn directions.

This new smartphone runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and sports the TouchFLO user interface, giving you easy access to phone, contacts, email, messaging, calendar, and GPS applications. Underneath the covers, the new Touch Cruise has a quad-band GSM/EDGE radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, and a 3.2MP camera. To store your photos and other important files, there’s a microSD memory card slot. The phone has a 2.8-inch display with QVGA resolution.

Look for the Touch Cruise in all major global markets sometime this spring. Many sites are reporting an unlocked 850/1900 MHz HSDPA 7.2Mbps variant for North America, which is expected to run between $500 and $600.

Key HTC Touch Cruise Specifications

  • Size: 102 x 53.5 x 14.5mm
  • Weight: 103 grams
  • 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
  • (mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)äInterface: HTC ExtUSB
  • Battery: 1100 mAh
  • Talk time: GSM: up to 400 minutes
  • Standby time: GSM: up to two weeks
  • Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM7225™, 528 MHz

For more information on the Touch Cruise and Footprints technology, check out the two videos from HTC below: