Looks like we owe City AM an apology, or at least part of one anyway.
For while it's still very much HTC's own logo on the top of the firm's new Salsa and ChaCha smartphones, this twinkle-toed duo – unveiled this morning here at Mobile World Congress 2011 – are in just about every other sense genuine Facebook phones.
The pair were shown off to the world for the first time during HTC's keynote this morning, a breathless stream of new products freshly baked for 2011.
But these two were the big surprises, with even FB head honcho Mark Zuckerberg appearing to give his blessing – on video screen, anyway.
The Salsa and ChaCha are differentiated by the latter's full QWERTY keyboard, which sees the Salsa's 3.4in screen size shrink down to 2.6in, though the disappointing 480 x 320 resolution remains. Given the middling graphics spec, the 600MHz Qualcomm processor shouldn't hold you back too much, while there's a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash for snapping all your mates.
But the real Facebook goodness comes in the form of a dedicated hardware button that takes you straight into the social network. Better still, when working with content that you typically might be uploaded to FB, the button glows gently at the appropriate moment, giving you the chance to do just that.
It's not a world of difference away from INQ Mobile's own take on the Facebook genre, the Cloud Touch and the Cloud Q. As for HTC's efforts, we'll be looking at a launch some time in the spring, with price and availability details still to be confirmed.