Specs for a new Facebook-focused smartphone have hit the web.
Nearly two years after the arrival of the HTC Status smartphone — which was a collaborative effort among HTC, Facebook and AT&T and featured a dedicated Facebook button — a similar device called the HTC Myst is expected to hit the market soon.
According to a report by UnwiredView, the trio of companies have partnered up once again for another Facebook-focused smartphone. Although it’s not expected to debut until the spring, details about the Myst are already popping up online.
Citing sources with a good track record, the report said the smartphone will have a 1.5GHz dual-core MSM8960 SoC processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage (no microSD). The device will run on Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 and a 4.3-inch display, as well as a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera.
It will also come pre-loaded with various Facebook software, such as the app, Facebook Messenger and Instagram.
Although it’s long been rumored that the social network has been working on a branded smartphone of its own, founder Mark Zuckerberg said last year a Facebook phone would be “the wrong strategy” for the company.
“Let’s say we build a phone,” he said. “We’re not, but if we did, we could maybe get 10 to 20 million people to use it … It doesn’t move the needle for us.”
“The strategy we have is different from every other tech company [like Apple] that’s building their own hardware system — we’re going in the opposite direction.”
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