Not much surprise here, but for what it’s worth HTC has officially announced the successor to its marginally successful Touch Cruise. Named… wait for it… the HTC Touch Cruise, the new handset sports a slew of new features that brings it up to par with the rest of the manufacturer’s current stable of cutting edge phones. As we revealed to you a little while ago, the Touch Cruise sports the following specs:

  • Size: 102 x 53.5 x 14.5mm
  • Weight: 103 grams
  • Connectivity: WCDMA/HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
  • 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
  • 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

The company is making a big deal out of the dedicated HTC Footprints button, which allows users to create and send digital postcards featuring images, sound and notes. Cool, we suppose, but it’s not exactly cutting edge tech and we can’t help but think that the button real-estate could have been used for a more practical feature. The company is claiming a Spring 2009 global release, with an unlocked GSM version hitting the states for $500-$600.