AT&T announces the HTC Status, a phone built for Facebook

AT&T announces the HTC Status, a phone built for Facebook

Summary: For better or for worse, HTC's Status is a smartphone built from the ground up for Facebook. Are we looking at the next Sidekick?

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The Status was never a particularly well-kept secret. While there have been rumors and leaked photos of the device floating around for a while now, AT&T has finally gotten around to giving the device an official announcement. And it's exactly what we expected.

The AT&T version of the ChaCha, the the appropriately-named Status's main pull is its heavy integration with Facebook. Featuring a dedicated, glowing Facebook button on its lower edge, the Status allows for photo sharing, updates, and check-ins - all with minimal button pressing.

Checking in, for example, is particularly interesting, as it is initiated by the user simply holding down the Facebook button for a few seconds. (There's no way that can go wrong.)

Photo sharing is also pretty extensive, and users can opt to automatically share pictures as they take them. (Again, completely risk free.)

Predictably, the Status's specifications aren't at all mind-blowing, but its almost a guarantee that its target audience won't mind. Featuring both a 2.6-inch touch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard, the Status runs Android 2.3 on a 800Mhz processor.

There is no word on its price or when eager Facebook users can start issuing updates from it.

Here are the specs:

  • Platform: Android™ 2.3 + HTC Sense
  • Display: 2.6-inch touch screen with 480 x 320 resolution
  • Network: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
  • Processor: MSM7227, 800 MHz
  • Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 1250 mAh
  • Camera resolution: 5 MP main camera with autofocus, VGA  front-facing camera

Topics: HTC, Hardware, Mobility, AT&T, Social Enterprise

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  • RE: AT&T announces the HTC Status, a phone built for Facebook

    Why do I need a phone for Facebook. It is fun to see what friends and family are doing but it is not my life. I will keep my current phone. FB on it is just fine.
    nbkz81f
    • RE: AT&T announces the HTC Status, a phone built for Facebook

      @nbkz81f This one is clearly aimed at kids that want to keep up with all of their friends on the go.
      Champ_Kind
  • RE: AT&T announces the HTC Status, a phone built for Facebook

    if it also had the option to text I think this would take off, since how kids anymore actually talk on phones these days. All they worry about is text and facebook mainly, its a act of congress to get them to actually talk on the device.
    douglas.jefferey
    • RE: AT&T announces the HTC Status, a phone built for Facebook

      @douglas.jefferey Although they don't specifically mention it, I'm sure it will text. Mainly because you're right, for their target audience a phone that won't text is useless.
      jred
  • RE: AT&T announces the HTC Status, a phone built for Facebook

    At the very most, farsebook should be an app on any mobile device, and crucially never a device itself. What's the colloquial phrase? meh
    Graham Ellison
    • RE: AT&T announces the HTC Status, a phone built for Facebook

      @Graham Ellison Amen brother, amen.
      Champ_Kind
  • RE: AT&T announces the HTC Status, a phone built for Facebook

    Add the term "Facebook" and they will come.
    My kids (girls) already want one - chuckle

    Not bad.... :)
    rhonin
    • RE: AT&T announces the HTC Status, a phone built for Facebook

      @rhonin
      Did they want the Kin also as this is the same thing except not as good which isnt saying much plus it's on AT&T so double no go and its facebook..puke.
      Fletchguy
  • RE: AT&T announces the HTC Status, a phone built for Facebook

    It looks like it'll be one of those phones were I need a pencil to press the keys.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: AT&T announces the HTC Status, a phone built for Facebook

    This probably means Google+ will take off and supplant Facebook
    sullivanjc
  • RE: AT&T announces the HTC Status, a phone built for Facebook

    The Kin is reborn on a crappier network with a dumber phone
    Fletchguy