HTC has introduced two new ‘social networking phones.’ The HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa contain a dedicated Facebook button, enabling you to instantly share photos, music and maps to Facebook. Although they aren't official Facebook phones, HTC worked closely with the social-networking giant.
T3 recently had a play with the HTC Salsa and it couldn’t be simpler to use. Got a photo you want to upload to Facebook? One press of the button opens a menu where you can choose to post the picture as well as determining who will be able to see it and even add a tag. It's context sensitive too, so one click of the Facebook button from within Google Maps lets you post it directly to Places, or when listening to music the track information is uploaded to Facebook.
Equipped with a full QWERTY and 2.6-inch 480x320 capacitive touchscreen the ChaCha runs a new version of HTC Sense optimized for landscape displays.
The HTC Salsa offers the same experience as the ChaCha but with a full 3.4-inch 480x320 touchscreen. The HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa will both run Gingerbread (Android 2.4) and are powered by a 600Mhz Qualcom 7277 processor and 512Mb RAM. Each handset has a primary 5-megapixel camera and secondary VGA camera.
Elsewhere Facebook integrates with HTC Sense. Facebook messages and conversations are integrated within your messages and instead of just showing dates and times, your calendar integrates with Facebook so you can see information about who is attending events. You can use Facebook chat.
Although we were only able to try out the HTC Salsa, initial impressions are favourable, the build is typical HTC standard and Facebook integration is thorough, but quite subtle. Unlike the INQ Cloud Touch, which seems to be pitched as an entry-level device; HTC is targeting a slightly more affluent market, with the ChaCha and Salsa, although the company couldn’t confirm pricing, it did say it the handsets will sit between the HTC Wildfire S and HTC Desire S.
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HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa launch date: End of Q2.