HTC has announced at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2011, the HTC SALSA Smartphone dubbed as Social Phone featuring a dedicated Facebook button for one-touch access to the key functions of the Facebook service that are integrated throughout the HTC Sense experience.
According to HTC, the new HTC SALSA Android smartphone, along with earlier announced HTC ChaCha smartphone is built entirely to be social, combining the simplicity, ease-of-use and depth of HTC Sense with the power and connectivity of Facebook featuring a dedicated Facebook button for one-touch access to the key functions of the Facebook service that are integrated throughout the HTC Sense experience.
The dedicated Facebook button on HTC SALSA smartphone is context-aware, gently pulsing with light whenever there is an opportunity to share content or updates through Facebook allowing users update their status, upload a photo, share a Website, post what song they are listening to, ‘check in’ to a location and more.
For example, user can take a photograph of friends on their HTC SALSA smartphone and upload it instantly to Facebook by simply pressing the dedicated Facebook button or let their friends know what song they’re listening to by pressing the button while listening to music on the phone which instantly share the track that is automatically identified.
The new HTC SALSA smartphone runs Android Gingerbread 2.3.3 version and uses the latest iteration of HTC Sense version 3.0 to integrate Facebook social networking throughout the HTC Sense experience.
When user make a phone call, the dialer screen automatically displays their friend’s latest status and photos, and alert them it their birthday is approaching using Facebook features. The same updates are also displayed when user receive a call from a Facebook friend.
The HTC SALSA smartphone feel solid and natural in hand and runs on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread operating system with HTC Sense 3.0 touchscreen user interface featuring touch sensitive buttons.
Measuring 109.1 x 58.9 x 12.3 mm, the new HTC SALSA Android Social phone is quad-band 2G and dual-band 3G (900/2100) network ready device that has a 3.4-inch HVGA 320 x 480 pixel 256K colors TFT Capacitive touchscreen display, and is equipped with 512MB RAM and 512MB ROM along with microSD card slot offering up to 32GB expandable memory.
Powered by 600 MHz Qualcomm processor the HTC SALSA Social Smartphone features Accelerometer sensor, and Proximity sensor and is based on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread operating system for mobile devices with the next-generation HTC Sense touchscreen user interface with cloud services.
HTC SALSA phone features dual camera – a 5.0 megapixel auto-focus rear facing digital camera with 2592 x 1944 pixels still picture resolution, geo-tagging, face-detection and built-in LED flash also allowing users record video and a secondary front-facing VGA resolution camera for video calling.
HTC SALSA smartphone weighs just under 120 gms and offers exhaustive data connectivity options that includes GPRS, EDGE, dual-band 3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, 3G HSUPA 384 Kbps download speed, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP+EDR, WiFi 802.11b/g/N wireless LAN and microUSB 2.0 port for wired connection and recharging,
Other features of HTC Salsa social smartphone includes FM radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS support, Digital compass, audio media player supporting, video media player, Google applications, Adobe Flash 10.1 support and access to Android Market with over 100,000 free and paid apps for Android platform.
HTC Salsa smartphone offers even more ways to stay connected utilizing FriendStream application that connects to Facebook, Twitter and Flickr networks and present the updates in a consolidated view.
Available in Black, Brown and Silver colors, the new HTC SALSA smartphone comes with Li-ion 1520 mAh battery that can provide up to 9 hrs of talktime and 450 hrs of standby time on 2G (8 hrs talktime, 550 hrs standby on 3G) network and also offers users the ability to pinpoint the location of a lost phone on a map and send a command to make the phone sound an alert or even while on “silent” mode, through the htcsense.com website.
The HTC SALSA Android v2.3.3 powered smartphone featuring dedicated Facebook button will be available in Asian and European markets in July 2011. For additional information about HTC and these devices, please visit http://www.htc.com.