When HTC unveiled the HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa at Mobile World Congress this past February, they also announced an exclusive distribution agreement with AT&T for the U.S. market. While that may be nice for AT&T, it looks like our friends over in Europe will be able to get their hands on the two Facebook-centric Android phones before we do.
Amazon has just launched pre-order pages for the HTC ChaCha and the HTC Salsa, with a launch date of June 26th for both phones. The price of the HTC ChaCha is set at £250 ($409) though the HTC Salsa will go for £320 ($524). Both handsets pretty menial specs with 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processors and 512MB of RAM, low resolution screens, and cameras. But HTC was kind enough to include front-facing cameras on both phones so that users would have no problem taking self portraits for their Facebook profiles while on the go.
Most of you probably wouldn’t even give the HTC ChaCha and Salsa a second glance due to their small form factors, low-end specs, and modified HTC Sense UI with deep Facebook integration, but that doesn’t mean the two phones will not sell well. HTC will likely target their Facebook phones at younger crowds who currently don’t own or have not used smartphones. The deep Facebook integration should be enough for many teens to trash their old QWERTY messaging phones and get them accustomed to HTC Sense and hopefully sticking with HTC when they choose to purchase a real smartphone somewhere down the line.