The much talked-about HTC ‘Chacha’ smartphone, which has a dedicated button for Facebook, will be launched in India next week. This will also be the first HTC bar phone with full Qwerty keypad.
On the sidelines of the launch of HTC Sensation in Delhi, Lennard Hoornik, president of South Asia Pacific, HTC, said, “We will be very aggressive in the Indian market. We will be launching our HTC Chacha smartphone and Flyer tablet next week.”
The phone’s Facebook share key enables users to swiftly upload images and videos; share music; check in; and update their status on Facebook without any glitches.
The company has already launched another Facebook phone in India. The device is a full touchscreen Android smartphone called Salsa and it has a price tag of Rs 22,000.
The HTC Chacha is expected to be priced at around Rs 15,500 and features a 2.6 inch touchscreen display with 480 x 320 pixel screen resolution, Qwerty keypad, 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, VGA front camera, 512 MB RAM and ROM, and microSD card slot.
HTC Chacha supports a high speed HSPDA network, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, a 3.5 mm audio jack, music player, video player, G sensor, digital compass, proximity and ambient light sensor and a 1250 mAh battery.
The device is driven by Android 2.3 operating system, an 800 MHz processor, and the acclaimed HTC Sense user interface.
Another HTC device which will make its debut in India next week is the 7 inch Android tablet Flyer. It will be one of the first devices in India to feature Android 2.4 Gingerbread and a capacitive touchscreen stylus (pen-like device for writing on the touchscreen). ‘The Mobile Indian’ did a story a couple of days ago about the possible introduction of this device in India, and its launch has now been confirmed.
The tablet is already available online at Letsbuy.com for a price of Rs 37,500. Although it is more expensive than other tablets in the market, it has the features to justify its price. The only negative aspect of this tablet is the absence of Android 3.0.
The tablet has a 1.5 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM (very good for a tablet,) along with a 5 megapixel camera at the rear and a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front, as well as A- GPS support for maps. The battery has 4000 mAh capacity and delivers up to 4 hours of continuous video playback.
HTC also announced HTC Watch Service, a new connected video service that will debut with Flyer, and which enables on-demand progressive downloading of hundreds of high definition movies from major studios.