It may bear the same name as the product launched by HTC early last year, but the just-announced Touch Cruise looks to be a very different device.
The company always has one handheld positioned to appeal to those who need a GPS-centric device and this new Touch Cruise improves on last year's version with updated specs and software.
From a hardware point of view, the new Cruise is very similar to the. This includes a 528MHz Qualcomm processor, 256MB of RAM, a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen display and the TouchFLO interface. Even their dimensions are almost identical, with the Cruise just a few grams heavier than the Touch 3G.
What sets the new Cruise apart is its GPS-centric software customisations. The new HTC Footprints add-on gives you the option to geotag all your photographs so you know exactly where you took a certain shot. Also included with the device is a car kit (for mounting and charging in a vehicle), while docking the Cruise will bring up an interface with large icons, making it easier to use on the road.
HTC's global press release states that the Touch Cruise will be available "across all major global markets in spring 2009".