HTC Touch Cruise with GPS Navigation

HTC has announced a new version of their third Touch smartphone, the Cruise. "Touch" as in that TouchFLO interface, "Cruise" as in GPS-enabled. The third addition to HTC's Touch lineup packs HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth, a 3 megapixel camera, microSD expansion, and a 2.8-inch touch-screen lying on top of a Windows Mobile 6 foundation. It also comes with mapping and navigation software from TomTom, a GPS systems provider.

HTC new Touch Cruise will have built-in GPS. This is the third addition to the Touch family and it will feature a 2.8" touchscreen, 3 megapixel camera, microSD card slot, 4-way navigation key, Bluetooth, WiFi, HSDPA and the previously mentioned gpsOne GPS receiver. All this running on Microsoft Windows Mobile 6. HTC claims a battery life of up to 7 hours of talk time. The Touch Cruise weighs in at 130 g and measures 110 by 58 by 15.5 mm.

HTC Touch Cruise Network;
HSDPA/UMTS: 2100 MHz (Europe), 850/1900 MHz (USA).
HSDPA: Up to 384kbps for upload and 3.6Mbps for download.
UMTS: Up to 384kbps for upload and download
GSM/GPRS/EDGE: Quad-band 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz (The device will operate on frequencies available from the cellular network)

The new Touch Cruise boasts 3.6 Mbps HSDPA connectivity (supports AT&T's network) plus Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0. It also offers a 2.8" QVGA screen, and is powered by Windows Mobile 6. Other key features include a 3-megapixel camera with autofocus, FM radio and a microSD memory card slot. A second camera offering VGA resolution video calling for European users. The Touch Cruise also comes with quad-band GSM/EDGE support. It's quad-band GSM with HSDPA/UMTS riding 2100 MHz for Europe and 850/1900MHz for the US.

HTC is planning to launch the Touch Cruise in Europe this month. It will be available as an unlocked phone in December 2007.