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HTC announces the Chacha and Salsa: both feature dedicated Facebook buttons

February 15, 2011 | by Lars Aronsson

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HTC Chacha and Salsa

HTC’s two upcoming social devices that Michael reported about earlier today, the Chacha and Salsa, has now been officially announced by the company. Both phones feature a dedicated Facebook button that will take you directly to the key functions of the world’s largest social network.

The Facebook button on the Chacha and Salsa is context-aware, so it will perform different actions depending on what you’re currently doing. Apparently, the button will gently pulse with light whenever there is an opportunity to share content and updates via Facebook. Just by pressing it, the button will let you do social stuff such as upload a photo, share a link, post what song you’re grooving to, post status updates and check in to locations. And you literally only need to press it once: the rest is done automatically.

Both the HTC Chacha and Salsa is powered by Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, and the devices feature the latest version of HTC’s Sense UI, so Facebook is integrated throughout the interface. When making phone calls, the devices pull up the latest status update and photo for the person you’re contacting, and also inform you about pending birthdays. This info is also shown for incoming calls.

HTC’s CEO Peter Chou said “with more than 500 million active users worldwide, Facebook has become synonymous with the social web and we wanted to create the ultimate socially connected phones with mass market appeal.”

The HTC Chacha and HTC Salsa will come to major European and Asian markets in Q2 2011. In the US, the phones will be distributed exclusively by AT&T later this year.

HTC Chacha

  • Android 2.3.3
  • Latest HTC Sense
  • Portrait QWERTY form factor
  • 5MP camera with autofocus
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 2.6-inch, 480×320 touchscreen
  • 600MHz CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • 512MB ROM
  • Weight: 120g
  • GPS
  • G-Sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor

HTC Salsa

  • Android 2.3.3
  • Latest HTC Sense
  • 5MP camera with autofocus
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 600MHz CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • 512MB ROM
  • Weight: 120g
  • 3.4-inch 480×320 touchscreen
  • G-Sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor