Even though Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed that Facebook had no intention of releasing a smartphone, it appears not to be enough to calm the waters of the rumor mill. As the specs for the upcoming HTC Myst hit the mainstream, tech blogs and social media enthusiasts alike are heralding the coming of the Facebook Phone.
Unwired View listed the full specs of the upcoming HTC Myst. The Facebook Phone will be powered by a dual core 1.5GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Visuals will be displayed through a 4.3-inch 720 p HD display. Facebook picture spamming will be made a lot easier by a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera. To round up its social capabilities, it will come with the usual array of connectivity options such as Bluetooth, WiFi, LTE, and HSDPA.
On the software side of things, the HTC Myst is expected to arrive touting the latest Android version, Jelly Bean 4.1.2. As expected from an upcoming Facebook phone, all Facebook software and apps are expected to come pre-installed such as the Facebook App, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram.
Things are still a bit hazy if this will be the literal successor of the previous Facebook phone which was the HTC ChaCha. The HTC ChaCha came with a dedicated Facebook button and the leaked specs are still unclear whether the HTC Myst will have one as well. If ever the Myst will feature a dedicated Facebook button, it is clear that it must not interfere with the full touch experience that it proposes.
Interestingly, with Facebook’s forays into turning its apps into fully functioning phones in itself, it’s quite a waste to delve into the world of phone hardware. The Facebook and Messenger apps now offer instant messaging, picture sharing, voice messaging and voice calls and all of the power of Facebook’s social network behind it. Through those apps, Facebook has already figuratively turned every phone into a Facebook phone. The question would then be: is a Facebook phone a worthwhile investment? What do you think? Tell us your reactions below.