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AT&T Version of HTC ChaCha Gets Minor Touchups, Might Come Out on July 17

June 21, 2011

HTC’s AT&T version of its “Facebook phone,” the HTC ChaCha, has been spotted on a leaked photo showing a face slightly altered from the one that HTC unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in February this year. Pocketnow was tipped with the leak photo and was quick to note that only very little cosmetic changes have been made.

The AT&T version of the HTC ChaCha looks very much similar to the global version, and presumably, will also have the same hardware. Folks are hoping that it will also have the faster 800-MHz processor that replaced the 600-MHz processor of the HTC ChaCha version already launched in the U.K. and elsewhere.

The dedicated Facebook button on the AT&T version has rounder corners than the original. The keys have also been recolored. Some of the functions keys have also been rearranged a bit.

If the 3G icon on the photo is a clue to anything, it may mean that the HTC ChaCha may not be a 4G smartphone. Info about the release date has also been leaked. The HTC ChaCha is coming out some time before June ends, or just a little shortly after that. The leaked photo, however, may be giving a clue about the exact date: July 17. This, of course, is just a guess, although a relatively possibly one.

Comparably similar to Research in Motion’s BlackBerry, the HTC ChaCha is among the very few QWERTY monoblock/candybar phones that run Android. HTC ChaCha has Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Aside from the dedicated Facebook button and the 4-row QWERTY keyboard, the smartphone’s other features include a 2.6-inch touchscreen (480×320), support for data connections (via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and GPRS), support for numerous video and audio formats, 5-megapixel back camera, VGA-resolution front camera, and microSD card slot.

Some critics have frowned upon the “unnecessary” Facebook button, but others actually like it. What do you “Like” about this Facebook phone?

Image credit: Pocketnow