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Introducing the Facebook Phone, HTC Status for AT&T Announced

As you all know, Facebook's popularity is currently unmatched and it is definitely growing by each moment. But as if dominating the world of social networking is not enough, we have been hearing several rumors that Facebook will be challenging Apple's App Store as well. Here's further evidence that Facebook is set to rule the world, as the social networking giant has set its sight on the mobile phone industry. HTC has just introduced a new smartphone that features heavy integration with Facebook, called the Status.

HTC The Status
HTC Status is an AT&T phone with integrated Facebook features. Probably one of the most noticeable aspect of this smartphone's design is the dedicated Facebook button. This function allows the user to easily share any picture, posts, jokes or any other content into Facebook with a single push of a button.

Aside from the Facebook integration feature, HTC Status boasts other exclusive features as well. One such feature is the Lock Screen Shortcut which lets you launch frequently accessed applications from your lock screen. All the user has to do is drag their favorite apps into the lock screen ring. Another notable feature is Status' call screen. Whenever a contact gives you a call, their Facebook profile pic will appear along with their latest status update. In addition to that, there is also a built-in photo editor where you can add filters and effects into your photo.

Here's the complete specification of HTC The Status:

Platform: Android™ 2.3 + HTC Sense™
Display: HVGA 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: 5 MP main camera with autofocus, VGA front-facing camera

Aside from the heavy integration of Facebook, there's nothing really that sets HTC Status apart from other smartphones. The screen is pretty small with 2.6-inch 480×320 screen but with 512 MB of RAM and 800-MHz processor, it does have a pretty good power under the hood. The addition of the front and back camera is a nice touch as well. According to HTC Americas President Jason Mackenzie:

With a dedicated Facebook share button combined with the hallmark HTC Sense experience, HTC Status makes it easy for people to stay connected to the things that are important to them.

Facebook Logo
There have been already many rumors and speculations that surrounds the phone that has a Facebook brand but Facebook wasted no time to deny all the allegations. There is still no official word about the release date for the HTC Status but the most likely price will be $99.99 under AT&T.

Fans of social networking, most especially Facebook should find a lot to like about this particular smartphone offering from HTC. But for heavy users of smartphones and expecting a lot of features, then they might want to take a pass.

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