The first of the so-called Facebook phones has gone on sale, with INQ’s Cloud Touch hitting UK stores. Based on Android with a customized Facebook-centric UI, the Cloud Touch’s conservative specs help it keep the pricing low, in what’s likely to be a play for the teen/young adult market so obsessed with the social network.
£299.95 ($589) SIM-free and unlocked, or free on £18 ($29) per month agreements, the Cloud Touch has a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 touchscreen and runs Android 2.2 Froyo on an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor. There’s 512MB of storage, 3G, WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth, along with an FM radio and a 4GB microSD card bundled in the box. On the back is a 5-megapixel camera.
Facebook head honcho Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that there would be multiple Facebook-focused handsets arriving in 2011 back at the unveil of the HTC Salsa and HTC ChaCha at Mobile World Congress in February. Nonetheless there are still rumors that Facebook itself is still exploring the idea of adapting Android for a Facebook device of its own.