Hands On with the HTC Salsa and ChaCha Facebook Phones

At MWC 2011 today, HTC revealed pretty much its entire 2011 line of smartphones and tablets, including the Salsa and ChaCha, a pair of low to medium-end smartphones with one big eye-catching gimmick: a dedicated Facebook button, actually on the case of the phone itself. The button does have a few tricks to it that are worth mentioning, though.

The two phones are much the same, the main difference being that the Salsa is a touchscreen device, while the ChaCha sports an actual QWERTY keyboard. The Salsa has a 3.4 inch screen with a 480×320 resolution, while the ChaCha has a 2.6 inch screen with the same 480×320 resolution. Both run Android 2.4, a slightly upgraded version of Gingerbread that reportedly features no significant changes to the end user. Both also have 5.0 megapixel cameras, LED flashes, and front-facing cameras.

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Of course, the real selling point is that Facebook button. Located on the bottom of both devices, the blue button that sports the Facebook logo will take you to the social network application immediately, but it doesn’t end there! If the phone detects that you are doing something Facebook-worthy, the button will flash to let you know that you can share whatever you’re doing at the moment. They’re the ultimate phones for Facebook fiends, and should be hitting stores before the end of Q2.

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