Chinese HTC ChaCha dumps Facebook for QQ

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HTC is out with a special version of the ChaCha smartphone for the Chinese market. Instead of boasting the Facebook button, this little fella’ comes with the QQ button along with various QQ services preloaded.
Those unfamiliar should know Facebook is blocked in China, hence folks need to rely on the home-grown services. QQ is the country’s most popular instant messaging platform, with about 700 million users.
Aside from the change in the default service used, the phone remains unchanged with specs including the same 2.6-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen with full QWERTY keyboard beneath, 5-megapixel camera, 800MHz processor, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth, GPS, while Android 2.3 Gingerbread is running the show with HTC’s own Sense UI singing on top. The Taiwanese company will ask 2,680 yuan ($419) for the ChaCha. It should start selling soon, though we’re not sure exactly when…
As a reminder, HTC has already prepared Chinese version of the Salsa smartphone called Weike, which too dumps Facebook for some other local service.
[Via: Unwired View]

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