The never ending tale of the Facebook phone has returned. Of course, we have seen a few devices actually released. In the past we had the HTC Status, which launched on AT&T. That release goes all the way back to 2011 and wasn’t all that successful, but the rumors of another Facebook phone have remained. Rumors that HTC was planning something sprung up in July of 2012 and remained throughout the year. It is now 2013, the year this is all expected to happen and it looks like we have some specs.
Well, some rumored specs anyway. We have yet to see anything official from HTC, or for that matter, from Facebook or any carriers. Needless to say, lets get on with those specs. The handset is said to be the HTC Myst, which was once known as the HTC Opera. The specs are said to include Jelly Bean along with a 4.3-inch 720p (320ppi) display and dual-core 1.5GHz MSM8960 processor. Not entirely bad actually.
Additional details have the specs rounding out with 16GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and HSPA as well as LTE connectivity. The basics such as Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n will also be included. Aside from Jelly Bean, the handset is also expected to arrive with lots of Facebook (and Facebook related) apps. Basically, it seems like one could expect to find the regular Facebook app as well as Messenger and even Instagram.
For better or worse, this Facebook phone is said to becoming to the US market first and it could arrive as early as the spring. AT&T seems like a likely candidate given they released the Status, however that remains to be seen. As mentioned, the specs do not seem all that bad. They are certainly not what we would consider high end, but given a fair price this could make an appealing phone. Well, maybe for some.
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The Facebook phone seems to be the same specs as my HTC Rezound which I’ve had for well over a year, and it has been an excellent phone. Personally, I’m looking forward to the HTC One, Samsung S4, Samsung Note 3, or some other phablet with a octa-processor.
Since it is year-and-a-half old technology, they should be able to give it away for free.
Really bad idea