There has been a continual wave of speculation with regards to a purported "Facebook Phone" and the latest reports suggest it is very much real, operating under the codename HTC Opera UL.
Since the big IPO earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg’s company has been forthright in expanding and enhancing its product line. The mobile app, which had been a constant thorn in Facebook’s side for years, is finally the slick, responsive experience it was always meant to be, and with many site-wide upgrades planned for the coming months, things are certainly beginning to look up after a disastrous start.
HTC did, if you remember, release a couple of “Facebook” phones, but aside from a quick launch button, they didn’t really offer anything to entice the avid social networker. Now though, Pocket-Lint believes an official, fully-fledged Facebook phone in the works, and the Taiwanese electronics company is once again the vendor.
Operating under the name Opera UL, it looks as though it’ll be launched by Facebook under its own branding. The last two Facebook devices weren’t branded under the social network, but the Opera UL is said to be “the Facebook phone, made for Facebook,” according to a source of Pocket-Lint.
Details with regards to an ETA remain scarce, since development is said to have been delayed for an unspecified reason. According to some of the early leaked benchmarks, though, it will certainly pack in a decent amount of bite for those who love nothing more than to catch up with the goings on in the world of Facebook. It’s said to sport a 1280 x 720-pixel display, powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor with Adreno 305 graphics. At present, it’s running Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1, although by the time it does actually make it to market, expect it to be running on Android 4.2 or higher.
Still, whilst we don’t know when the first elusive Facebook Phone will be hitting the market, at least we have an inkling that it’s in existence. If we should learn any more with regards to the device, we’ll be sure to let you guys know first, so make sure you stay tuned to our coverage here at Redmond Pie!