Both the HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa were announced today at the HTC event here at Mobile World Congress 2011. These devices were two of many devices announced at the event, but certainly they’re about the be the most talked about. The one we’ve got here is the HTC ChaCha, with both its physical Facebook button and nicely spaced QWERTY keyboard it’s sure to be a sweet contender in the upcoming 2011 higher-mid-tier smartphone wars of English speaking world.
The HTC ChaCha is running a small but decent 600MHz processor running Android 2.4 (yes, Android 2.4,) with the HTC Sense overlay. Inside you’ll find both 512 MB of internal storage as well as 512 MB of RAM, a rechargeable 1250 mAh battery (with up to what they’re saying is 420 minutes for WCDMA and up to 450 minutes for GSM – and that’s talk time. The phone itself is 114.4 x 64.6 x 10.7 mm, it’s got a 2.6-inch touchscreen display at 480 x 320 pixel resolution, has a G-Sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor(!), plus Bluetooth 3.0 with FTP/OPP, A2DP, PBAB for wireless car kits, Wifi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, and a standard micro-USB (that’s 5-pin micro-USB 2.0.)
On the back you’ll find a 5 megapixel camera, while the front has an unknown capability VGA camera. For audio playback you’ve got .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9,) and it records in .amr format. For video, the supported formats are .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv, .avi (MP4, ASP, and MP3,) xvid (MP4, ASP, and MP3,) and it records in .3gp.
The odd thing about this phone today is that while we were introduced to it, we don’t get to put our hands on it quite yet. We’ve been allowed to get approximately a foot from it, close enough to get some relatively detailed shots of it though, so we’ve got a presentation for you anyway.
UPDATE: we got it:
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