Friday 8 March 2013

Facebook phone rumours never die: HTC to bring the 'Myst' to market this year?


   There's a few rumours which are seemingly eternal, no matter what happens they just won't go away. One such rumour is the 'Facebook phone'; a phone which is focused around interactions on the social network, but with all of the other features you would expect on a phone. So it could conceivably be as simple as a customised version of Android.

HTC Salsa and ChaCha left and right respectively.
   Up to this point though the closest thing we've seen to a Facebook phone is the pair of devices pictured to the right, the HTC Salsa and HTC ChaCha, both of which have a dedicated Facebook button. In spite of the limited success of these devices, Facebook remain adamant that there will not be a Facebook phone, Mark Zuckerburg has reiterated this a fair few times and as recently as the end of January! Irrespective of this information the rumours just won't go away and today we've heard about a HTC-based Facebook phone destined for AT&T!

   According to the Unwired View a "previously reliable source" has mentioned that a phone with the codename "HTC Myst #UL" is set to appear in the USA this May. The device is rumoured to house a 4.3-inch 1280x720p resolution display which is driven by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 processor, 16GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM. The device is set to run Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and be outfitted with a 5-megapixel rear and a 1.6-megapixel front camera pairing. The device is set to have HSPA+ and LTE connectivity. Obviously because this is meant to be a Facebook orientated device you can expect there to be the normal Facebook app, Facebook Messenger and Instagram all pre-installed!

   None of those specs would make this rumoured Myst a high-end device, but for the average consumer it would be more than suitable for the average consumer and the smaller, but still high quality screen is definitely something which would appeal to a lot of people.

   So what do you think of this potential Facebook phone? Is it something which would interest you or do you just like the sound of a smaller, but still powerful phone irrespective of the Facebook link? Let us know in the comments below!
Via UnwiredView.


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