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

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?
Written by Ricardo Bilton, Contributor

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

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