updated 02:40 pm EST, Mon January 26, 2009
Touch Cruise 09 to See US
HTC tells Electronista that its 2009 remake of the Touch Cruise smartphone will ship to the US in the first half of the year. The company doesn't provide a release date or pricing, though the phone currently doesn't support native 850MHz 3G on AT&T or T-Mobile and is likely to appear as an unlocked-only device with EDGE and Wi-Fi as its picks for data on either carrier; Best Buy and other online stores have typically carried these models.
The Windows Mobile 6.1 handset is a close cousin of the Touch Diamond and shares its 3.2-megapixel camera and TouchFLO interface, but adds a new, rounder design and a scroll wheel that speeds up navigating menus. It also introduce multimedia postcards that use GPS to provide a location.