HTC ChaCha & Salsa Available From June 17th

The Facebook-enabled smartphone duo from HTC, the ChaCha and the Salsa, will go on sale in the UK on the 17th of June according to product pages published by online retailer Expansys.

The preorder pages, which can be found here, do not include the prices of the device and a June release means that they would land after the other dedicated Facebook phone, the Inq Cloud Touch, is released.

Both handsets were released at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week with features geared towards enhancing the user experience when interacting with Facebook.

For example, both have branded Facebook keys on their front facia and native Facebook apps which are tightly integrated with the mobile platform.

The Salsa and the ChaCha will run Gingerbread (version 2.3 or version 2.3.3) and both have a 5-megapixel camear with AF at the back and a VGA one on the front.

The ChaCha has a 2.6-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen with a proper QWERTY keyboard while the Salsa comes with a 3.4-inch touchscreen display.

HTC has yet to confirm whether it plans to launch any smartphones geared towards other web-based services like Twitter or Ebay.

Similarly it would be interesting to find out when the next Windows Phone 7 devices from the Taiwanese phone manufacturer will be released.