Meet the HTC ChaCha and the HTC Salsa Facebook Phones
By Ginny Mies
Will there or won’t there be a Facebook phone at Mobile World Congress? The rumors regarding one have been flying for months and finally INQ confirmed that it would be launching two phones with tight integration into the social network. Well, HTC is also offering two of them: The ChaCha and Salsa. Yes, I’m cringing at the names, too.
The phones aren’t “official” Facebook phones, but there is close integration between the social network, the software and the hardware. There’s a dedicated button on both phones that lets you access your account instantly. The button is also “context aware,” according to HTC, and offers a different function depending on what the user is doing. You can also instantly share photographs or music from the phone. Status updates and profile information are also tightly integrated within the phonebook. Both phones run Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread.
Aimed at a younger crowd, the ChaCha and Salsa don’t exactly have mind-blowing specs. The ChaCha sports a 2.6-inch display, 480-by-320 pixel resolution display, a 5-megapixel camera and a full-QWERTY keyboard. It sort of resembles the HTC Dash, the Windows Mobile 6.5 phone from about two years ago. The Salsa is a full touchscreen phone with a 3.4-inch 480-by-320 pixel display. It has a 5-megapixel camera as well as a front-facing camera. No word on processing speed for either of these phones.
So what do you think? Is a Facebook phone social networking overload? Sound off in the comments below and stay tuned for our full hands-on straight from the showfloor.
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