HTC ChaCha given the OK for AT&T at FCC
Facebook phone to offer 3G connectivity at the carrier
Published: 16 June, 2011
The HTC ChaCha has been spotted passing through the FCC this week with the green light for AT&T's 3G network. It might not be everyone's first choice of smartphone but for any Facebook fans out there looking for a dedicated device for their social networking activities then the HTC ChaCha should be one of their first choices. Combining some average specs with a slightly unusual form factor the HTC ChaCha's key feature is a Facebook button, allowing users to quickly share links and media content.
Since it was first revealed at the Mobile World Congress earlier this year the phone has been upgraded from a 600MHz to an 800MHz processor but apart from that the other specs remain the same. It will still offer a full QWERTY keyboard below a slightly inclined 2.6" display, 512MB of RAM and a microSD card slot to expand the internal memory up to 32GB. There's a 5mp camera on the back and a front facing VGA camera for video calling. Powering it all is a 1250mAh battery which is expected to last for 7 hours of talk time. Although it's a Facebook-centric phone it will be running Android 2.3 offering plenty to do once your friends have gone offline.
It may have been spotted passing through the FCC which usually indicates a phone isn't far from release, but a date has yet to be confirmed. European fans can already purchase the ChaCha will be followed by HTC's other Facebook phone, the Salsa later this month. While they are not the official INQ Facebook phones they offer pretty much the same functionality for social network butterflies.
AT&T have yet to make an official announcement regarding the phone but when it does arrive at the carrier it should be a reasonably priced entry-level offering.