Rumors of the next “Facebook phone” are heating up in the form of the HTC Myst (formerly the HTC opera). The device is said to be a three-way collaboration between the Taiwanese company, the social network giant, and AT&T. The partnership has its origins in AT&T’s HTC Status, the US version of the HTC ChaCha. That phone was more or less a standard Android device with a dedicated Facebook button. Could the Myst be even more?
The latest news concerns specs, and it sounds like we’ll get another mid-range device targeted at tweens and the socially obsessed. Hardware is said to include a 1.5GHz dual-core MSM8960 CPU, 4.3-inch 720p display, 1GB RAM, and 5MP camera and 1.6MP front-facing camera. The handset features 16GB of internal storage and no SD card support.
The LTE-enabled handset is built around Android 4.1.2, and at this point it’s impossible to say how much of a Facebook-oriented treatment the OS will get. It’s safe to assume we will get plenty of Facebook-driven content (a full app suite including Messenger and Instagram), but will the device otherwise sport a standard HTC Sense overlay? Or are we looking at an entirely original software layer? Just another Facebook button? How the software side is handled will be the focus for this phone.
There is no solid word on when we can expect to see the phone launch, but the companies behind it should be ramping things up over the next few months. A summer release isn’t out of the question.