The last item on HTC's agenda for MWC 2011 is once again another partnership, this time with a social network twist to it. HTC devices have been known for its tight integration to Facebook, be it through the phone's contacts or HTC's Friend Stream that pulls news feed from various social networks. And just a while back, there were leaks that revealed HTC's intention to create a Facebook-centric Android device, with a dedicated Facebook button to access the social network. And this was confirmed, when HTC announced the HTC Salsa and Chacha, and with it, a video announcement from Facebook's very own CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.
Running on Google Android 2.3, the HTC Salsa and Chacha are differentiated through its form factors. The former takes the full touch screen route, with a 3.4-inch display at 320 x 480 screen resolution, while the Chacha comes with a 2.6-inch touch screen at the same screen resolution, with its lower half occupied by a physical QWERTY keyboard.
Besides these two differentiating factors, these Facebook phones share quite a number of similarities. Firstly, both devices will be powered by a 600MHz processor, with a 5-megapixel camera strapped on for imaging purposes. Bluetooth technology has been updated to version 3.0 with A2DP support, and surprisingly, both the Salsa and Chacha share the same 120g weight according to the specification sheets.
The Facebook button is the core focus of these two Android devices. Its contextual-awareness will notify you of any potentially shareable content, be it music, web pages or messages, through a pulsing, breathing light. An even tighter integration into the basic functions of the device such as contact is implemented, with your friend's latest status update and photos being reported when an incoming call comes through. New Facebook-centric widgets are also added into the formula to complete the Facebook experience on the mobile platform.
Both the HTC Salsa and Chacha will be available in Q2 2011.
Key highlights of the HTC Chacha
Key highlights of the HTC Salsa