HTC CHACHA AND HTC SALSA FACEBOOK PHONES PRIORITIZE EASY SHARING
Facebook may have denied an “official” Facebook Phone was in the works, but they also hinted that HTC was looking at boosting social network support in upcoming devices. Those devices have been revealed atMWC 2011, the HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa, which each feature prominent, dedicated Facebook buttons on their fascias.
The HTC ChaCha has a hardware QWERTY keyboard and a 2.6-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen in a candybar form-factor; there’s a chin-style kink in the chassis that pushes the keyboard forward slightly. As for the HTC Salsa, that ditches the keyboard in favor of a larger, 3.4-inch HVGA display and a design that HTC tells us is targeted at the “playful youth market”. With its harlequin blue boxing around the camera, it’ll certainly be an acquired taste.
Both devices offer the same Facebook integration. If you’re looking at a picture or listening to a music track you want to share, hitting the Facebook button automatically prompts an upload to your Facebook account. Pictures can be added to existing or new galleries, tagged with the people in them, be labelled and have different privacy settings added, while music is listed as “now playing” with a link to the track on Amazon.
A long press, meanwhile, opens up Facebook Places, with a streamlined way to log your current position. Facebook calendar events are automatically added to the Android calendar, but they also bring with them the event’s wall, any photos, comments, and a list of people attending. Facebook messages are added to the universal inbox, while Facebook Chat is supported, with user-presence shown in the address book.
Most importantly, HTC is targeting an affordable price point with both the ChaCha and Salsa. While the company wouldn’t tell us actual figures during a pre-briefing last week, it did say that it expected the two phones to slot in-between the new Wildfire S and Desire S. They’ve been able to achieve that by opting for a relatively inexpensive 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor, though you still get front and rear cameras, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS.
Both the HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa will go on sale at the end of Q2 2011, with HTC claiming “global interest” in the handsets; we already know Vodafone UK will be offering the ChaCha. Facebook won’t be endorsing either device, but HTC was at pains to point out how closely the social network’s engineers had worked with their own.
Posted on February 15, 2011, in Information, Mobile Phones/Tablets, News and tagged facebook, facebook phones, HTC, HTC Chacha, HTC Salsa, iPodRohan, priortize sharing, rohan sood. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.