HTC Unveils “Facebook phone”: ChaCha and Salsa

At MWC 2011, the HTC revealed the “Facebook phone” – HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa, which each feature prominent, dedicated Facebook buttons on their fascias to allow instant access to the popular social network via the button.

Facebook phone

The HTC ChaCha has a hardware QWERTY keyboard and a 2.6-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen. And the HTC Salsa features a 3.4-inch HVGA display. Both phones come with a slightly disappointing 600MHz Qualcomm processor on board.

The Facebook button will be ‘context aware’, offering different function depending on what the user is doing. If you’re looking at a picture or listening to music, hitting the Facebook button automatically prompts an upload to your Facebook account. Pictures can be added to the galleries, while music is listed as “now playing”.

While a long press on the Facebook button opens up Facebook Places. Facebook calendar events are automatically added to the Android calendar. And Facebook messages will be added to the universal inbox. Moreover these two Facebook phones also support Facebook Chat.

Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, said that “we wanted to create the ultimate socially connected phones with mass market appeal”. And Facebook’s Head of Mobile Business, Henri Moissinac said “We have worked closely with HTC for several years on bringing Facebook to their devices and HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa are the next stage.”

Both the HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa will be shipping with the latest version of Android (Gingerbread), and they will go on sale at the end of Q2 2011.