Thursday, July 7, 2011

HTC Cha Cha is here

Techi.com.ph announced that the HTC Cha Cha, an Android phone with a physical QWERTY messenger form factor is now available in the Philippines. The main feature of this phone is that is has a dedicated Facebook button, which when pressed, takes you to Facebook. 



Given the form factor, the screen cannot be all that big, and the phone sports a 2.6-inch 480 x 320 screen. Inside you will find the same 512MB of RAM, 512MB of internal storage and the same 5MP autofocus camera found in HTC's similarly priced Wildfire S which is a pure touchscreen phone a 3.2-inch screen. The Cha Cha does have a faster 800MHz processor than the 600MHz processor found in the Wildfire S.
The suggested retail price is Php15,500, although we expect it to go down to a bit below Php14,000 once it becomes available at your favorite online retailers.

I am not too big on touch screen QWERTY messenger phones. I think the day of the QWERTY messenger on phone priced at over Php10,000 is over. Too many apps just require larger screens. Just imagine playing Angry Birds in a 2.6-inc screen. But the Facebook branding on this phone might help it sell. 

Hopefully HTC Philippines also brings in the Facebook inspired Salsa. That one, with its 3.4-inch touchscreen, we do expect to sell well.

Salsa on the left, Cha Cha on the right

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