First Facebook phone announced: Rebranded as HTC Status

Remember the HTC Chacha, the Facebook phone with a dedicated Facebook button, which HTC unveiled in February this year?

Well, the phone has finally been announced! Where? Where else! But at Facebook.

AT&T today announced the Chacha, but with a new name -- HTC Status. The first device with a dedicated Facebook button will be launching on the network this summer. The announcement was made at Facebook and HTC launched a new Facebook Page just for HTC Status.

What HTC Status offers?

HTC Status lets a user share music, photos, location, and status updates via the dedicated Facebook button. Just press the Facebook button from home screen to instantly post on your wall. The Facebook button is the one touch solution to everything – from instantly sharing taken photograph or shot video to checking ones’ location with Facebook Places. Even more, the button press can search Google instantly, and even share any link quickly. A user can even share the music track he/she is listening via the Facebook button as well.

That apart, the HTC Status also features a chat widget which allows a user to see when his/her friends are online. The user can chat with as many friends as possible, all right from the device. In addition, everytime the user receives or makes a call, he/she is shown the friend’s profile picture and latest status update on the call screen; along with ‘dare not forget events like the friend’s b’day.

HTC Status Specs:

• Platform: Android 2.3 + HTC Sense
• Display: 2.6-inch touch screen with 480 x 320 resolution
• Network: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900
• Memory: 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM
• Processor: MSM7227, 800 MHz
• Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 1250 mAh
• Camera resolution: 5MP main camera with autofocus, VGA front-facing camera


No word out on pricing yet. But eager buyers can expect it to be cheap with AT&T’s plans with enough data for extensive Facebook usage, suggest ZedNet.

How HTC defines Status:

According to Jason Mackenzie, President of HTC Americas, Status is “With a dedicated Facebook share button combined with the hallmark HTC Sense experience, HTC Status makes it easy for people to stay connected to the things that are important to them.” --------

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