HTC ChaCha

HTC ChaCha Hardware Tweaks for AT&T Aren’t Really Tweaks at All

The image you see below has been pushed around these interwebs for a few hours now with many comments about tiny tweaks in hardware in tow. Truthfully though, if you take a look at the photos we've taken of the actual unit as it sits in England right this very moment, the promotional image you see to the right here is less like the real deal and more like an early iteration. On the other hand, the image you see to the left, aka the AT&T version coming out soon, a much more realistic image of the actual unit you shall see.

HTC ChaCha Review

Well wouldn't you know it, our good pal Chris Davies over on our sister site SlashGear had TWO Facbeook Phones up his sleeve. That is the HTC Salsa and now the HTC ChaCha as well! Word of this device was released back at the same time as the Salsa at Mobile World Congress 2011, this particular sibling of the Salsa having a full QWERTY keyboard below a landscape screen, both of them toting the all-powerful physical Facebook button. Will this half of the equation add up to be a whole?

HTC ChaCha gets processor speed bump ahead of launch

We have known about the HTC ChaCha smartphone for a while now. All of the specs of the phone were offered up last month when the pricing for the ChaCha in Europe was revealed. The smartphone has a 2.6-inch touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, and a dedicated Facebook key for sharing all sorts of content on the social network. The phone will go on sale soon in Europe and the device runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread as the OS.

HTC ChaCha on sale next week confirms Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK has confirmed to Android Community that the HTC ChaCha is going on sale next week, the first of HTC's "Facebook phones" from MWC 2011 back in February. Offering Android 2.3 with a custom Facebook widget and interface, the ChaCha has both a touchscreen and a physical QWERTY keyboard. Interestingly, Vodafone will also be offering bundled BT OpenZone WiFi hotspot access with the ChaCha, letting users get online via hotspot rather than use their data allowance. Although pricing for the smartphone - and the plans it will be paired with - hasn't been confirmed, HTC always intended the ChaCha to be a budget device, and free WiFi can only help reduce monthly data bills. The ChaCha has a dedicated Facebook button that allows users to share whatever they're doing on their Facebook wall, along with a 5-megapixel camera and the usual mixture of WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. SIM-free sales are expected to begin on June 6. There's a pre-interest sign-up page for Vodafone here.

Leaked AT&T Roadmap Reveals HTC ChaCha, HTC Hydra

It appears that the folks over at AT&T have leaked (or have had leaked from underneath them,) a roadmap which reveals details on specs as well as release dates for several code-named devices, at least a couple of which will be (or would have been) running Android. The first is a colorful customer we've gotten to know fairly well in other parts of the world, that being the HTC ChaCha - aka a QUERTY keyboard-toting 480x320 resolution portrait-mode phone with a physical Facebook button.

911HTC aka 911Sniper is Down for Everyone (Not Just Me)

Woaaah is me, and whoa is everyone else, because our favorite location for HTC ROMs ninja'ed from who knows where, 911HTC aka 911SnIpEr aka http://www.911htc.com/ is down for the count. We've had a longstanding post count expanding by the day here on Android Community coming from the fellow named 911SnIpEr, from the HTC ThunderBolt System Dump and RUU – Leaked and Gigantic post to the brand new HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa Leak Final Software Builds. This appears to have come to a crashing halt over the past 24 hours or so as the site is indeed Down for Everyone.

HTC ChaCha price revealed for Facebook fans [Update: Dated too!]

HTC's first Android Facebook phone, the HTC ChaCha, has been priced and (roughly) dated by UK retailer Carphone Warehouse. The smartphone - which has a 2.6-inch touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard and a dedicated Facebook key for instant sharing - is set to go on sale at the beginning of June, with the ChaCha free on £20 ($32) or above agreements. That's reasonably affordable, just as HTC initially promised us the ChaCha - and its Salsa all-touch sibling - would be. Announced at MWC 2011 in February, part of the reason is that it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a mere 600MHz processor (paired with 512MB each of RAM and ROM). There's also Facebook Chat support with a new homescreen widget, along with a 5-megapixel camera and front-facing webcam. The usual WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 round out key specs. Anyone tempted? [via SlashGear] Update: According to retailer Clove the exact ship date is June 6. It will be selling the ChaCha SIM-free and unlocked for £210 ($339) plus VAT.

HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa Leak Final Software Builds

Remember all the way back to Mobile World Congress when these sassy little monsters were first revealed? It was a fine February morning when the HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa Facebook phones were first revealed. We had the briefest of hands-on with both of the devices and not a whole heck of a lot of additional news has come out since the intro. Now we've got a couple of final software builds leaking for the world - for you!

HTC ChaCha launch tipped by HTC Facebook events

HTC only confirmed a Q2 2011 release window for the HTC ChaCha, one of its two "Facebook phones" announced at MWC 2011 a few months back; however, it seems the company's own Facebook pages have tipped more accurate dates. HTC Germany has announced a series of Facebook-centric events in Dortmund (Germany), Wien (Austria) and Zürich (Switzerland) kicking off June 18. The Austrian event follows on July 2, while the Swiss event will take place on July 18. We've seen HTC hold similar public launch events before; the HTC Sensation gave them cause to stage a party in London last month for the new flagship. Of course, that doesn't mean the ChaCha - and perhaps its Facebook friend the HTC Salsa - won't arrive in other markets first. HTC's European range often goes on sale in the UK initially, so it's possible the Android smartphone may show up there prior to mid-June. [vms b776e3143e8a1a057788] [via the::unwired]

HTC : Release the Dogs [AC Event Security Series]

Standing there at the HTC booth at Mobile World Congress 2011 several minutes after they'd had a press conference in a different place entirely with the rest of my teammates, I came to see a mad rush to release the next generation of HTC handheld devices. Holding the crowd back from the showroom floor, as it were, the various representatives, workers, and show people replaced about every other phone that was already on the floor with the new devices that'd been announced less than a half hour before. This was no less than a microcosm of the event as a whole and indeed of this new mobile technology culture's ravenousness as a whole. Come with us on this pointed journey.
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