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Meet HTC’s Facebook Phones: The ChaCha, and the Salsa

Are you addicted to Facebook? (Or, as they say on the streets: are you hooked on the ‘book?) Has your inner urge to look at drunk pictures of your friends grown to the point that you need a phone with a one-touch, dedicated Facebook button? You might want to get help — or you could just get one of HTC’s two just-announced “social phones”: the ChaCha and the Salsa

The ChaCha: Pictured on left. Man, I can guess someone who’s going to be pretty annoyed with this name — way to mess with their search engine results for months, HTC. This one has 2.6″, 480×320 display, a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, VGA front-facing camera, and a full QWERTY keyboard built in. The candy bar design has an ever-so-subtle bend that puts the screen at a slightly forward angle, which HTC says makes it “easy to view and comfortable to type”.

The Salsa: What goes better with the ChaCha than a bit of Salsa? This ones got a 3.4″ 480×320 display, a rear 5-megapixel camera, and a VGA front-facing camera.
The main bullet point of both phones — or at least, the thing that HTC’s pushing the hardest — is definitely that whacky little Facebook button. It’s context sensitive, lighting up “whenever there is an opportunity to share content or updates through Facebook”. Tap it while looking at a photo, and you’ll be able to upload that photo immediately — tap it while you’re on a site, and you can post that site to your wall. Listening to music? Tap the button, and it’ll send out a status update letting your friends know what track you’re jamming.
Expect these phones to hit Europe and Asia in Q2 of this year, and on AT&T here in the states at some point after that.


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