Many smartphones out on the market have features that focus on social networking, but how many of them have a dedicated Facebook button? Two, now that the HTC ChaCha and the HTC Salsa have been unveiled at the Mobile World Congress.
Unveiled as two of the six new devices that HTC brought to show off at MWC, the ChaCha and the Salsa will sport a Facebook button that is context sensitive, pulsing whenever users can share content or updates.
For instance, if a user takes photos with the smartphone’s camera or is listening to music, a press of the Facebook button automatically uploads those pictures or changes the user’s status to display what song he or she is listening to.
Both the ChaCha and the Salsa will run Google Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) with HTC’s Sense overlay, one that will facilitate the incorporation of Facebook into the user’s experience. Dialing or receiving phone calls from Facebook friends automatically displays their latest status and photos, and even alerts users if the friend’s birthday is approaching.
The ChaCha is going to feature a 2.6-inch, 480 x 320 touchscreen, along with a QWERTY keyboard. It will also have a 5-megapixel, rear-facing camera with an LED flash and a VGA front-facing camera for video chatting.
The Salsa, which is also going to sport dual cameras, will include a slightly roomier display at 3.4 inches — albeit with the same resolution.
The ChaCha and the Salsa will be available in Asia and Europe starting in the second quarter of 2011, but will not come to the United States until later this year when they will be offered as AT&T exclusives.