HTC named its two newest social networking-centric phones with two Latin dance names and offers a button to launch Facebook with one touch. The HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa are built entirely to be social with HTC Sense UI and the key functions of the Facebook service that are integrated throughout the HTC Sense experience. The HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa will come with Android Gingerbread 2.3.3 Gingerbread. In the U.S., these two phones will be exclusive to AT&T. While we're happy to see AT&T expand their Android phone line-up, we're not sure why they continue to bulk up on entry level models when they need to match Verizon's line of killer Android high end phones.
The HTC ChaCha smartphone has a unique tilt design shapes the display and physical QWERTY keyboard so it is easy to view and comfortable to type. The phone has a 5-megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash and a VGA front-facing camera, a 2.6-inch, 480 x 320 resolution landscape touch screen.
The HTC Salsa has a the 5-megapixel camera and a front facing VGA video calling camera and a 3.4-inch, 480 x 320 resolution touch display.
The Facebook Button:
The Facebook button on HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa is context-aware, gently pulsing with light whenever there is an opportunity to share content or updates through Facebook. With a single press of the button, you can update your status, upload a photo, share a Website, post what song you are listening to, ?check in? to a location and more. For example, you can take a photograph of friends on your phone and upload it instantly to Facebook by simply pressing the button. Or let your friends know what song you?re listening to by pressing the button while listening to music on the phone. The track is automatically identified and shared on Facebook.
When you make a phone call, the dialer screen displays your friend?s latest status and photos, and even tells you if their birthday is approaching. The same updates are also displayed when you receive a call from a Facebook friend. You can also use your phone?s existing contacts to help you connect with them on Facebook or personalize your handset further with a number of new, Facebook-branded widgets.
The HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa smartphones make it simple to stay in touch with your friends using Facebook Chat and Messages on your phone. Your Facebook messages and conversations are integrated within your phone and appear within your text and email inboxes alongside your regular conversations.
Availability The HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa smartphones will be available to customers across major European and Asian markets during Q2 2011. In the United States, HTC plans to bring this unique user experience to market later this year exclusively with AT&T.