Facebook phone rumours get more Myst-erious

March 13th, 2013 by Mark J

Another attempt at a Facebook phone has been the mainstay of the mobile rumour mill for a while now and the latest scuttlebutt suggests that HTC is going to try its hand at one again. Previously its attempts at such a device have failed to generate as much interest with consumers as they did with the rumourmongers so it’s going to be interesting to see what it thinks it can do differently this time around. Though if this rumour is true it’s going to have the benefit of Facebook’s official input.

The phone is supposedly called the HTC Myst, which doesn’t appear to have any connection to the classic adventure game of the same name. Although its specs are nothing to complain about they’re fairly average these days offering a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (with no microSD card for expansion).

In addition to this it’s also said to have a 4.3” display, the latest version of Android, LTE connectivity, a front-facing 1.6mp camera and a 5mp snapper on the back.

And no doubt the all-important Facebook button.

With all the different Facebook apps available for smartphones it’s hard to see what HTC hopes to achieve. However Facebook has changed a lot since the days of the ChaCha and Salsa and is certainly more mobile-friendly these days and in the US and Canada even offers free voice calls over a data connection, on iOS and Android in Canada and iOS is the US.

Taking the free voice calls angle into account, a feature which is eventually going to become global, it will mean a Facebook phone could be more than just an easier way to share your favourite links. It could be an easier, and cheaper, way to phone your friends and family (but only if they use Facebook) as well.

Of course once the feature is available everywhere outside of the US and Canada then every phone will be able to take advantage of free voice calls. No doubt though a Facebook phone would probably integrate it more slickly with what’s likely to be a blue and white design.

At the moment details of how it’s going to look, apart from some convincing faked images (above), are a mystery. HTC managed to create some funky new Windows Phones last year, so hopefully it will come up with something similarly fresh for the Facebook device. At least better than the desktop calculator look that the ChaCha had going for it.

It’s also not clear if this is going to be the definitive Facebook phone, or simply another attempt by HTC to make its own with Facecbook’s input. Whatever it turns out to be it’s expected to be released during the first half of this year.

 

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