The HTC Salsa is like a mixture between the general HTC phone and the HTC ChaCHa. Like the ChaCha it has the newly created Facebook button; however the rest of the device looks more like the HTC Sensation or even the Thunderbolt. This is one of the first of many phones that will probably take part in having a Facebook button.
The Salsa is a candybar phone that is average in size. It is 4.3 inches in length, 2.32 inches in width and 0.47 inches thick. The device demonstrated above is a silver/blue color, but the phone is also available in black and lilac. As most HTC phones go, the screen on the Salsa takes up three quarter of the front of the phone. In addition to the screen there are 4 distinct capacitive buttons on the bottom. The buttons take the user to the home screen, the menu, the previous page, and the search bar. Below the capacitive buttons is the new Facebook button. This button sends users directly to their Facebook page. On the left side of the phone is a volume toggle switch as well as a microUSB port. On the right side of the phone is a quick launch camera button. On the top of the phone is the power/lock key as well as a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The back is bare except for the camera, the flash, and an HTC logo.
The screen is a 3.4 inch TFT capacitive touch screen. The screen is highly responsive to touch, more so than a resistive touch screen where you have to use a stylus to get an effective response. The screen is protected by smudge and scratch resistant Gorilla glass. It is a multi-touch touch screen which is always important when the only keyboard is a virtual one. It allows you to effectively touch more than one button at a time. In other words, a multi-touch keyboard will make the quick texter less prone to typos. The device has a light sensor and a proximity sensor as well. Both sensors help maintain battery life my altering what the phone is doing especially when it is over working itself and it does not need to be.
The HTC Salsa is equipped with an Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread operating system. It is run by an 800 MHz single core QualComm MSM 7227 processor. With a combination of the operating system and the processor, this device is known to be quite fast.
The camera is a 5 megapixel camera. It has an LED flash, but also has the ability to auto-focus. The camera also has the ability to take high quality videos. Furthermore, there is an additional camera on the front of the phone. It is a 0.3 megapixel camera that tends to be used for self-portraits and video chat.
The HTC Salsa has a 1520 mAh lithium ion battery. Tests have shown that this device can make it through 9 hours of talk time which is highly above average (7 hours). The phone can also withstand 530 hours of standby time.