The announcement of HTC’s “Facebook” phones at Mobile World Congress came with a preview of two not-ready-for-prime-time devices and a promise of a Q2 release. While that seemed unlikely, T-Mobile UK now hosts a coming soon page for at least one of those devices, the HTC ChaCha, with a release timeframe of June. So far, O2 is the only carrier to come forward with details on the ChaCha’s launch, and the HTC Salsa hasn’t received the same treatment.
You may recall the ChaCha and Salsa (here is our MWC first look if you missed it), which feature a dedicated Facebook button for quickly posting and accessing content on the world’s most popular social networking site. The ChaCha features a QWERTY keyboard while the Salsa is a full-touchscreen equivalent. We weren’t too impressed with what we saw, but we were only able to get a good look at the hardware. The software layer was off limits when we first tested the pair out. The Facebook button seemed superfluous and oddly placed, for what it’s worth. The phones are being sold on a concept that could just as easily be achieved with a widget on an any Android device. Still, expect plenty of social-obssessed tweens to pounce on the ChaCha come June.