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HTC launches HTC ChaCha in New Zealand
Posted on 27-Aug-2011 14:05. | Tags Filed under: News.

HTC launches HTC ChaCha in New Zealand
HTC Corporation has unveiled the HTC ChaCha, a smartphone built to be social, combining the ease-of-use and depth of HTC Sense with the power and connectivity of Facebook. The HTC ChaCha is available on Vodafone New Zealand.

“Our customers are always at the centre of all we do at HTC, and with the growing value of social media the HTC ChaCha is another fine example of that mantra,” said Ben Hodgson, Country Manager, HTC Australia and New Zealand. “The HTC ChaCha extends our portfolio even further, letting more people experience HTC’s unique product offerings from a design perspective and with features that meet their individual and unique needs,” added Ben.

“This affordable and compact device helps our customers by enabling contextual sharing of all content including photos, messages, web pages, locations, music, and videos with a single push of the dedicated Facebook share button. In addition, the touch screen and QWERTY keyboard of the HTC ChaCha facilitates ever-faster input, bringing you even closer to friends and family. This is indeed instant life-sharing at its best.”

The HTC ChaCha Key features Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with HTC Sense, a 800MHz processor, 2.6" touchscreen (480x320 pixels) and a QWERTY keyboard. It also comes with a built-in 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus and LED flash, VGA front camera.

Vodafone’s Director of Sales, Grant Hopkins, says “The HTC ChaCha is a great new addition to the extensive range of Smartphones we offer on the Vodafone Smart Network. We know that our customers love updating social media when they’re out and about and the HTC ChaCha makes it more accessible.”

The company says the HTC ChaCha is one of the first phones to integrate the power of Facebook with the power and simplicity of an HTC smartphone. This device is designed to provide a seamless, social experience by enabling users to stay in touch with friends anytime, anywhere. The unique tilt design shapes the display and physical QWERTY keyboard so it is easy to view and comfortable to type.

The device also features the Facebook share button and its illumination effects. When you make a phone call, the dialler screen displays your friend’s latest status and photos, and even tells you if their birthday is approaching. The same updates are also displayed when you receive a call from a Facebook friend. You can also use your existing contacts on your phone to help connect with them on Facebook or personalise your handset further with a number of new, Facebook-branded widgets.

The Facebook share button on HTC ChaCha is context-aware, pulsing with light whenever there is an opportunity to share content or updates through Facebook. For example, you can take a photograph of friends on your phone and upload it instantly to Facebook by simply pressing the button, or let your friends know what song you’re listening to by pressing the button while listening to music on the phone. The track is automatically identified and shared on Facebook.

The HTC ChaCha is available exclusively from Vodafone New Zealand early September for an RRP of NZ$599.

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