Just like it did with the HTC Salsa before launching it in China, HTC has ditched Facebook from its ChaCha smartphone, too, in order to ready it for a release in the world’s largest mobile market. Instead of a Facebook button and Facebook integration, the China-bound ChaCha comes with a QQ button, and various QQ-related services.
Since Facebook is blocked in China and QQ is the country’s most popular instant messaging platform (with more than 700 million users), HTC has certainly made a wise choice.
QQ aside, the Chinese HTC ChaCha is the same smartphone we’re familiar with, featuring Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 2.6 inch HVGA touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard, 5MP camera, and an 800MHz processor.
Apparently, the HTC ChaCha will cost 2,680 yuan ($419) in China. It should become available pretty soon, but we don’t know exactly when.