If you’re an AT&T customer looking for a Facebook-centric phone, and don’t mind if that phone is called the ChaCha, you’ll be interested the FCC filing from HTC shown above. In this filing, HTC’s PH06130, aka the ChaCha, or Facebook phone, won FCC approval for GSM 850 and 1900 bands, as well as WCDMA bands II and V. Those bands are used by AT&T in the United States, a good sign that the ChaCha is indeed making its way to AT&T.
The ChaCha an Android device with a full QWERTY style keyboard similar in design to the classic BlackBerry. The device sports a small 2.6-inch touch screen and an 800MHz CPU. The device’s main Facebook feature is a small Facebook button that allows users to quickly post content online.
No word on a release date or pricing.
Earlier this week, iNQ launched its Cloud Touch Android 2.2 smartphone in Europe. The device, which is commonly referred to as the Facebook Phone, features an 800MHz processor, 3.5” touch screen, 5MP camera, 512MB of internal storage, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth.
Today, it appears that the Cloud Touch made an appearance on the FCC with support for GSM 850 and 1900 bands, as well as WCDMA Bands II and V. These bands correspond to AT&T’s service in the United States, suggesting that the Cloud Touch will be making its way to the US carrier.
The version of the Cloud Touch that passed through the FCC has the model number T2-218U, while the Cloud Touch that launched in Europe has the model number T2-219U. We’re quite confident that these two devices are virtually identical – it appears that the small difference in model numbers refers to the regional availability and GSM/WCDMA support of Cloud Touch devices.
There’s no word when the Cloud Touch will hit the US. If European pricing is any indication, the device will sell for about $500 off contract or $30 with a two year contract.
Yes, the Facebook phone has finally arrived. Check that. Facebook Phones. Yesterday, HTC formally unveiled its two Facebook devices, the Salsa, above left, and the Chacha, above right.
If you were expecting the Facebook phones to feature prominent Facebook branding and a Facebook-centric UI, you’re out of luck. Instead, the devices feature a small Facebook button on their lower chins. The Facebook button allows users to easily share photos, websites, or media with a single press. The Facebook button will also pulse with light whenever there is “an opportunity to share content or updates through Facebook.”
The devices themselves offer a pretty standard suite of features, albeit with subtle Latin flair. Both devices feature a 600MHz processor, 512MB of ROM/RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, 5MP camera, and Android 2.3.3. The Salsa rocks a 3.4” touch screen, while the ChaCha features a 2.6” display along with a full QWERTY keypad.
Both devices are scheduled for launch in Q2 of 2011 in Europe and Asia, with no word yet on a US release. This suggests that the so-called Facebook Phones are targeted at developing markets for Facebook, as opposed to, say, the United States, where Facebook already has a massive following. In Asia, for example, where the percentage of PC ownership is much lower than the United States, the Facebook phones may help Facebook to attract new members that otherwise wouldn’t have frequent access to the website.
Yep, the Facebook phones aren’t exactly what many were expecting – Facebook didn’t design its own OS to compete with Android and iOS. Instead, Facebook is focusing on developing its core social networking business by broadening its membership on a global scale, and in that respect the Facebook Phones seem to fit the bill well.
Rumors of a Facebook phone have been making their way around the Internets for months, and today we got a look at two purported Facebook phones thanks to leaked press photos published by Pocketnow.com. The first device, above left, is reportedly known as the HTC Icon. The device looks like a standard HTC Android phone, save for the small Facebook logo on its chin. The device also appears to have a Facebook widget attached to the bottom of the standard HTC Sense clock.
The second device, above right, is called the HTC Snap 2 – interesting since the original Snap was a Windows Mobile phone. The Snap 2 is a BlackBerry-style Android phone that also features a small Facebook logo. The screen on the device just shows an HTC startup screen, so we’re not sure what its OS looks like. We’re guessing it won’t be dissimilar from the device to its left.
At this point it’s not clear if these devices are legit or the product of some Photoshopping. Even if they are legit, its unclear exactly what the difference will be between these Facebook phones and just another Android device with a Facebook widget.