HTC announced two new smartphones at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday that are equipped with dedicated Facebook buttons. The HTC Chacha and HTC Salsa are each Android-based smartphones that are the cell phone maker’s first offerings to feature its new enhanced Facebook experience. To the chagrin of countless Facebook addicts across the country, however, HTC made no mention of U.S. carrier partners when it announced the devices this morning. Fortunately, AT&T has reportedly confirmed that it will carry two Facebook phones from HTC, though it did not say specifically that they would be the Chacha and Salsa. The carrier did confirm that they will feature similar capabilities along with the same context-aware Facebook buttons, however. “In the U.S., AT&T and HTC are exclusively bringing this unique user experience to the market later this year,” an AT&T spokesperson told Mobilized. “It goes without saying this is part of our commitment to have the industry’s best Android portfolio this year.” More →
One of the announcements made by HTC this morning revolved around two devices, the Chacha and Salsa, that have a dedicated Facebook button. We would have loved to get our mitts on the device and test just how functional having a hardware shortcut to The Book is, but, unfortunately, the two devices were encased in glass and inaccessible to the masses — which usually means the software is barely functional. The two devices are set to hit Europe and Asia — sorry U.S. Facebook lovers — in Q2 of this year. Hit up our gallery to have a look at the two handsets for yourself.
HTC has announced another pair of handsets at Mobile World Congress today, the candybar-style Chacha and the full-touchscreen Salsa. The specifications on the two devices are nearly identical: 600MHz processor, 512MB or ROM and RAM, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.0, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, a dedicated Facebook button, and Android 2.3.3. They do, however, have there differences Chacha features a full-QWERTY keyboard with a 2.6-inch TFT display and a 1,250mAh battery. The Salsa has a 3.4-inch touchscreen display and 1,520mAh battery. Both sets will be available in Q2 of 2011 in Europe and Asia. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
If you live and die by HTC, you might be very excited to know that the company’s portfolio for the first half of 2010 has been leaked online. HTC’s portfolio was presented in Vienna back in October in a global meeting, and now it’s available for us to see. The phones are broken down by category: Design, Performance, Social and Productivity (can’t a phone be two or more?). Lined up are a number of Windows Mobile 6.5 devices and Android devices, so we hope you’re sitting down for this one. Hit the break to see how the phones are broken down by category and to see some images of the devices themselves!