The Facebook phone rumors are back again. This time, the HTC Opera UL is being reported as being the social network’s official phone. An insider source told Pocket-lint that the phone HTC calls the HTC Opera UL is actually an OEM phone made specifically for Facebook.
Leaked benchmarks for the device suggest is will have a 1.4GHz processor and run Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. The exact identity of the processor is unknown, but its pairing with a Qualcomm Adreno 305 narrows the field somewhat. We’ve seen that GPU paired with Snapdragon S4 Plus frequently. The benchmark also suggests a 1280 x 720 display, which is pretty standard for higher-end HTC phones. We are not sure if the device will be touchscreen only, or if it will feature a full keyboard. Based on the resolution, it looks likely that the device will feature only a touchscreen, but they remains to be seen for sure.
The inside also suggests that we should not hold our breath for the release of the device. The source suggests that it has been delayed, and the there is no final timetable for a release. Facebook has consistently denied that it intends to release its own phone. Still, with the abundance of rumors that come up all the time, it’s hard to believe that it’s not coming.
It’s assumed that Facebook would modify the software much like Amazon did with its Kindle devices. With rumors that Facebook has been picking up many ex-iPhone and ex-iPad engineers, it seems more and more like this is going to happen. As always, we will keep your posted on the latest developments in the possible existence of a dedicated Facebook phone.