Press Release of The All New HTC Touch Cruise with HTC FootPrints for Singapore

Finally, the all new HTC Touch Cruise will arrive in Singapore this March. It has a makeover with nice curves and a spanking new TouchFLO software (as compared to the old Cruise) and most importantly, the incorporation of HTC Footprints (the New HTC Touch Cruise is the first to get it) that no other HTC Touch phone has (at this moment, I hope).

It will be selling at SG$858 and all authorised reseller. Standard retail HTC Touch Cruise package will come with a 1GB microSD™ card and PAPAGO! X3 map. Also, not forgetting the Car Cradle which has special function to transform its user interface into an easy-to-use, one-touch interface that provides seamless turn-by-turn directions. Press Release after the break.

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Press Release

All New HTC Touch Cruise With HTC Footprints™ Helps Capture And Relive Life’s Journeys

Compact and Sophisticated Design Delivers an Advanced Location-Based Experience That Changes How People View Their Locations and Memories

Singapore – 5 March 2009 – HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design, today announced its latest personal navigation handset with inbuilt GPS. The new 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 package.

Introducing HTC Footprints

The new HTC Touch Cruise is the first mobile phone to offer HTC Footprints, 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 favourite 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 or area.

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.

“GPS devices have almost become staple in cars nowadays. People embrace location-based applications as it makes lives easier. We’ve successfully integrated them into many of our mobile devices but now we’ve refined them. The new Touch Cruise goes a step further with HTC Footprints and geo-tagging, facilitating how we interact with each other, and the many ways we can preserve our memories” said Jack Tong, VP of HTC Asia.

HTC Touch Cruise Car Cradle

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.

Boasting a compact and sleek design with a 2.8 inch QVGA display, the HTC Touch Cruise is a further demonstration of HTC’s continued commitment to innovation, providing consumers with a variety of devices designed to meet their individual needs. Using HTC’s TouchFLO technology, the HTC Touch Cruise provides fingertip access to phone, contacts, email, messaging, calendar and GPS applications, making it a strong all-around device.

Pricing & Availability:

The new HTC Touch Cruise will be available from mid March at all authorized resellers at a suggested retail price of SGD $858. (inclusive of 7% GST)**. Standard retail HTC Touch Cruise package will come with a 1GB microSD™ card and PAPAGO! X3 map.

* Data connection is required when geo-tagging functionality is used indoor.

**All prices are subject to pricing policies of individual operators.

(source: Gina, thanks)