An unannounced smartphone could be the next Facebook phone after the HTC Status and ChaCha.
Website Unwired View has leaked specs of a new HTC Myst #UL from U.S. telecoms carrier AT&T.
Expected to arrive later this year as the latest Facebook phone, the HTC Myst follows the footsteps of the HTC Status.
The HTC Status had a physical keyboard with a dedicated Facebook button.
Unwired Review is not sure if the phone will come with a dedicated Facebook button, but its leaked specs have no hint of a physical keyboard.
According to the leaked specs, the new HTC Myst #UL will feature a 4.3-inch 720p HD display with a pixel density of 320 ppi (pixels per inch).
The leak also mentioned a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor, 16 GB of internal storage (non-expandable), and 1 GB of RAM.
It’s not clear if the HTC Myst #UL will carry a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.6-megapixel front camera, and if both cameras will use the company’s Ultrapixel technology or not.
The leaked specs look like the HTC One S released last year, even though the new Facebook phone has a higher display resolution.
It’s expected the HTC Myst #UL will run on the latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS topped with HTC’s own user interface.
If it follows the steps of the HTC Status, the handset will likely have Facebook features on its skin, or it may use HTC Sense 5 found on the HTC One.
It doesn’t matter what UI it will use, because it will likely ship with pre-installed Facebook apps: the main Facebook app, Messenger, Instagram, Poke, and potentially a few other Facebook apps.
Completing the standard range of options for connectivity are Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, and Category 14 HSDPA.
Regardless of the leak, the HTC Myst #UL is likely an unofficial Facebook phone similar to the HTC Status.
The HTC Status was just an Android smartphone that happened to have Facebook integration. After all, it is the QWERTY-equipped US version of the HTC Salsa.
In November 2011, AllThingsD reported that a new Facebook phone dubbed as “Buffy” will be made by HTC.
Several phone makers have built smartphones with dedicated Facebook buttons earlier that year – HTC Salsa, HTC ChaCha, and son on.
That time, Facebook also considered Samsung as its partner but selected HTC as its hardware partner in the venture.
Unwired Review says AT&T and HTC will likely launch the new Facebook phone (previously known as the HTC Opera) in spring.
The website based its report from a tweet by Twitter user @LlabTooFeR.
Like all leaks, we suggest that you take this with a pinch of salt.