HTC on June 29th announced that AT&T and Telus will be the first two carrier partners for the much anticipated and rumored "Facebook Phone," now known as the HTC Status.
So, what makes HTC Status a Facebook Phone? "The dedicated Facebook Button, of course, and the way it facilitates instant Facebook sharing. Users can shoot photos and video and instantly share them to Facebook by pressing the dedicated button, and long-pressing the button automatically checks the user's location into Facebook Places, tapping the button while listening to music lets users share the song title and artist instantly on their wall or with friends," the company revealed.
Also, Status offers a deeper integration into Facebook's services than the standard mobile app allows. Facebook Chat, for example, is available on the Status, and the lock screen can be loaded with Facebook app shortcuts so users can quickly share content without even unlocking the phone.
The HTC Status looking something like the Peek e-mail appliance or an Android-powered BlackBerry, has a 2.6-inch (480 x 320) touchscreen, portrait QWERTY keyboard, 800Mhz processor, 512MB of RAM, a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel/VGA chatcam and a 5 Megapixel camera, and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with HTC's Sense user interface. Its wireless radios are Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 and UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900.
No pricing or availability has yet been announced for the Status, but it is expected to arrive this summer in North America.
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