AT&T has just announced that it’s going to offer the “HTC Status” later this summer. This will be a version of the ChaCha, an Android smartphone with a strong focus on posting to Facebook.
This carrier had already said it would release this device, but only today did it reveal the name it will use. AT&T also listed the specifications of its version.
While all smartphones can access Facebook, the feature that will set the Status apart is a button dedicated to this social-networking service. This will be context sensitive, and is going to pulse to let users know when they can easily share content or updates. For example, if a user takes a photo with the smartphone’s camera, a press of the Facebook button will automatically upload the image.
Other HTC Status Specs
This smartphone from AT&T is going to feature a 2.6-inch, 480 x 320 (HVGA) touchscreen, with a small QWERTY keyboard below for typing out status updates. These will be set in a 4.5 x 2.5 x 0.5 bar shape that curves slightly to fit the user’s face.
The Status will run Google’s Android OS 2.3 on an 800 MHz processor, with the HTC Sense user interface layer on top. In addition to its social networking capabilities, it will be bundled with the standard Android suite of communication and entertainment apps.
This device is going to have 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, and a GPS receiver. It will also include a 5-megapixel, rear-facing camera with an LED flash and a VGA front-facing camera for video chatting. In addition, the feature list includes a microSD memory card slot and a 1250 mAh battery.
Availability & Price
AT&T said today that it’s going to launch the HTC Status this summer, but didn’t get more specific than that. It is going to come in a variety of colors like white, purple, and black.
The price for this upcoming smartphone has not yet been revealed. Given its feature set, though, it will likely be a mid-range model.