HTC ChaCha Facebook Phone Getting Closer to AT&T

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The HTC ChaCha has been designed to be deeply integrated with the Facebook social networking service. When it was unveiled early this year, HTC said this Android smartphone is headed for AT&T, and an image of this carrier’s version has now leaked out.

HTC ChaCha from AT&TThis smartphone sports a Facebook button that is context sensitive, pulsing whenever users can share content or updates. For example, if a user takes photos with the smartphone’s camera, a press of the Facebook button automatically uploads the image. Or if they are listening to a song, pressing the Facebook button will change the user’s status to display what song they are listening to.

Aside from having AT&T’s logo slapped on it, this new version will be quite similar to the generic version available in Europe, but the Alt and Function keys have been re-arranged.

Other HTC ChaCha Details
This smartphone features a 2.6-inch, 480 x 320 touchscreen, with a small QWERTY keyboard below for typing out status updates. These are set in a 4.5 x 2.5 x 0.5 bar shape that curves slightly to fit the user’s face.

The ChaCha runs Google’s Android OS on an 800 MHz processor, making it clear this isn’t a high-end model. In addition to its social-networking capabilities, it is bundled with the standard Android suite of communication and entertainment apps.

This HTC device has 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, and a GPS receiver. It also has 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
There’s not yet an official launch date for AT&T’s version of the HTC ChaCha, but an unconfirmed report says that it will hit store shelves by the end of this quarter. Those looking closely at the leaked image of this version notice that it is set for Sunday, July 17 — a possible clue to the date of its debut, especially as AT&T prefers to introduce new models on Sundays.

The price for this version is currently unknown, but given its feature set the ChaCha is unlikely to have a high price.

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