HTC has announced the next iteration of the Touch Cruise, a keyboardless black slab. And if it looks familiar, it should. We've already seen it is the Iolite and most recently as the XDA Guide. Here are the dirty details:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.
  • Size: 102 x 53.5 x 14.5mm. Weight: 103 grams.
  • Qualcomm MSM7225 528 MHz processor.
  • WCDMA/HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps (the U.S. version also will sport the 850 and 1900 bands).
  • Display: 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen.
  • Camera: 3.2 MP, with fixed focus.
  • 512 MB flash ROM, 256 MB RAM.
  • microSD.
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR.
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g.
  • GPS/A-GPS.
  • 1100 mAh battery.

The (new) Touch Cruise — that's it - we're gonna call it the Touch Cruise 2 — also sports the same "Footprints" feature as the XDA Guide. The official party line on that:

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.

In fewer words: Photo tagging.

Unlike the last/first/original Touch Cruise, it appears there will be an official U.S. release, with an estimated price of $500 to $600. Of couse, that price would drop should any carrier decide to pick it up. But anyone think AT&T's in the market for another keyboardless touchscreen phone just yet?