Facebook Reportedly Planning Smartphone with HTC, First Specs Emerge

HTC Cha-cha

There’s a while since we haven’t heard any rumor about the alleged Facebook Phone, and just when I was about to start missing them, an interesting piece of news emerged. It seems that the technical specifications of a Facebook Phone manufactured by HTC have leaked online and you will find them in this article.

It seems that rumors saying that Facebook and HTC will co-develop a smartphone that will help the social network penetrate the smartphone segment and, after all, Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Chou, the CEOs of the two aforementioned companies, have reached an agreement and the Facebook Phone will see the light of day.

In January this year, some rumors talking about a new smartphone called HTC Myst, codenamed Opera, made the headlines, but now it returns in the spotlight and according to a “reliable source” quoted by UnwiredView will have a dedicated Facebook button and mid-range specifications.

The UnwiredView post was written by @evleaks, the owner of the Twitter account with the same name, popular after it made available a lot of leaks regarding unreleased products. Even though @evleaks was known as a 100% reliable source in the bast, as all the pictures or specs posted by him were later confirmed, a few days ago it made one of the first mistakes when it twitted an alleged Samsung Galaxy S4 photo that was later proven to be fake.

According to the leaked technical specifications, the Facebook Phone will be powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1 GHz (S4 MSM8960), 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and a 5 megapixel camera on the back.

The same source reports that there’s a user-facing 1.6 megapixel camera on the front panel of the smartphones, and, if the rumors are confirmed, the HTC Myst will sport a 720p display with a diagonal of 4.3 inches.

The handset will also come with LTE connectivity and it might become available for purchase via AT&T.

Of course, neither Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg nor HTC’s Peter Chou confirmed the existance of the Facebook Phone, not to mention its technical specifications, but since there’s no smoke without fire, the smartphone might actually see the light of day later this year.

The rumor mill also speculates that the Facebook Phone will come pre-loaded with Android, but, of course, running a user interface customized by the software engineers of the social network giant.

What do you say? Is there a place no the market for a Facebook Phone?