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Rumors of a second HTC-built Facebook phone have been circulating since the middle of last year, and now there's further evidence to support reports of the new Facephone's eventual appearance. The usually-accurate @Evleaks writes on UnwiredView that the Facebook phone -- codenamed "Myst" -- is now set to carry a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 CPU, an upgrade from the previously-reported MSM8930 SoC reported for the earlier "Opera UL" model.

Other specs are said to include a 4.3-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of non-expandable storage, a 5MP rear camera and 1.6MP front-facer, as well as LTE and HSPA connectivity options. On the software side, it's Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean running the show, likely with some heavy skinning going on. Naturally, Facebook and Instagram are said to be pre-loaded too.

These details would seem to confirm info revealed in tweet form by insider @LlabTooFeR back in January.

There's still no news on when the device will eventually make its appearance, but earlier rumors have suggested a mid-2013 launch is on the cards. HTC's previous Facebook-centric efforts, the Salsa and ChaCha (Status) failed to inspire smartphone buyers, so it'll be interesting to see how HTC and Facebook's tactics might chance this time around. Anyone out there think deep Facebook integration could become a credible selling point? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Source: UnwiredView

 

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HTC Facebook phone specs appear once again, now sporting 'Myst' codename

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You're full of it. Your phone does not have a 720p screen or "next gen" processor. Sure, this phone is stupid in nature but your comment is more of the same.

When I hear the words "Facebook Phone" I want to throw up.
Every smart phone on Earth has a facebook app. Meaning there are gazillions already.
We dont need yet another dedicated device, anyone who signs a 2 year contract for
that phone needs to have their head examined.

If it's priced right, it'll probably sell like hotcakes to the high school girls who live on Facebook more than they do in the real world. Except, OMG, that physical keyboard is sooo uncool! :)

Other than that, I don't know who would buy this.

Not since 2012. Half of middle schoolers I know either have Android phones or want Android phones. Then again, they are highly gifted…

Please no! I highly doubt that this is a profitable venture for HTC. Hopefully they kill it; after all, it's already DOA.

I doubt HTC will take much market risk on the phone. If it's commissioned by Facebook, I think they will take the beating here.

The only market niche I see is teens and tweens whose parents can't afford an iPhone, but that assumes this thing will be priced low enough to beat carrier subsidized iPhone prices. Wait. Let me think about that again.

I would suggest getting a windows phone. Its for all those social butterflies out there. What good is a phone that can do only Facebook? O_O

I would suggest getting a windows phone. Its for all those social butterflies out there. What good is a phone that can do only Facebook? O_O

So... What happened to HTC focusing on the One? The first Facebook phone was an absolute travesty: HTC's revenue is continuing to decline, and this leaks out? This would have a purpose if the Facebook app (or website) wasn't easily accessible by every phone platform available. Who is the market for this phone? Is that market sizable enough to generate revenue? HTC, you never cease to amaze us...

This phone is sunk cost as far as HTC is concerned, developed over a year ago, produced in enough quantity to entice carriers with samples, so they can crank them out cheap.

I don't understand the purpose of these phones. Is it too hard to just have the Facebook app on your home screen and just touch that when you need Facebook?? This makes no sense. Even the low end android phones can handle that.

Even for people who like facebook, this makes no sense.

This isn't the 4.3 inch 720p screened phone we're looking for. Tragic waste of good market slot specs.

People don't always buy phones for performance or value or even looks, sometimes they buy them because its what they were told to do by peer pressure and want proof? iPhone. Sheep. Thank god I found this website and people on here are amazing. People at my work were 50/50 iOS to Android. Its almost 90% android now. They have no idea what I am talking about most of the time but at least they have better phones than four years ago( which I can fix).

This FB thing is big but the phone is silly and will fizzle quickly I suspect. Most people don't know what we know here but they listen to the Phone store people and they won't want to deal with that thing either. Updates and so on...wow don't wanna think about it. HTC was hot when I had the EVO4Gwimax. What are they doing? Stick with the One thing and that's my opinion only.

I showed this to a coworker and she laughed. The she observed that HTC is doing this at the same time BlackBerry is finally giving up on physical keyboards. LOL

My phone already is a Facebook phone; it has a Facebook app installed by default. And it's a Twitter phone, and a Google + phone, and a Zinio phone (whatever that is). And I would love to uninstall all of these apps, and others.

One of the core values to having a phone is to using it to do what YOU want to do, not a specialized device 'just for you' to do what THEY want you to do.

Kind of like how mobile versions of websites ruined the internet. The great thing about having internet/browser on a phone years ago was getting sites to work, nowadays your mobile device is 'detected', and you will be bumped off to a watered down version of the site you wanted.