This week is expected to bring some good news to all Facebook fans out there, as the social network might make official the first true Facebook phone out there, built by HTC.Spotted online a few times before as HTC Myst, the device appears to be getting closer and closer to an official unveiling on April 4, and has just been fully detailed.
Specific info on it arrived courtesy of Android Police, which managed to grab a system dump from the device, and which had a look inside it to unveil hidden features to all users.
Thus, they uncovered that the upcoming mobile phone, which indeed sports the codename of Myst, will arrive on shelves with a 4.3-inch touchscreen display capable of delivering a 720p resolution.
Additionally, the smartphone will be powered by a dual-core MSM8960 processor paired with 1GB of RAM, and might arrive in the United States on the network of wireless carrier AT&T.
HTC Myst will run under Google’s Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, but will deliver a new experience to its users, courtesy of a Facebook app that will launch at startup, and that will act as a launcher. HTC’s own Sense 4.5 UI will also be included in the mix, it seems.
The upcoming mobile phone will also sport a 5-megapixel photo snapper on the back, along with a front camera for video calling, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and the like.
Basically, the Facebook Phone will arrive on the market as a mid-range smartphone, yet the new Facebook application loaded on it will make all the difference.
Called Facebook Home (com.facebook.wakizashi) – the current Facebook app for Android is com.facebook.katana –, it will be able to see what apps are running on it, to access settings, and do more, while also having access to the settings of the stock Android launcher and those of the HTC launcher.
However, according to Android Police, Facebook might also launch the app in the Google Play Store for all users to download and install.