Fancy for a Facebook-dedicated smartphone that actually dishes other servings aside from making sure you are attuned 24/7 to the hugely popular social media site?
HTC figures you'll need one and plans to release a device called HTC Myst later this year. No, Mark Zuckerberg is not into mobile platform now so do not expect a Facebook skin on the handset, which essentially will remain an Android phone but with added spices.
The Taiwan firm, still searching for the right formula to haul in more cash this year, is trying out a tested formula - centre one of its gadgets to a web site that currently counts close to a billion people as member.
It could be that Facebook fans around the would be convinced to invest on a device that automatically serves the flavour they love with the so social networking site - all the popular Facebook apps, Facebook Messenger and of course Instagram, which consistently explodes in global usage despite its recent controversial moves.
What's on the menu, you might ask? More than decent, according to Unwired View, which also characterised the Myst as easily into the gigahertz smartphone class.
Citing @evleaks as its source, the blog site reported that HTC is providing enough muscle to its upcoming mid-range phone and consider the following: a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM to rely on, a 720p 4.3-inch screen display that is packed with pixel density of 320ppi, a 16GB of built-in storage and a camera mix of 5MP on rear and 1.6MP in front.
The Android flavour is JellyBean 4.1.2 and the HTC Myst should soon absorb the next upgrade once it hits the air.
In short, the Myst is not a pushover and it's only a question of how HTC will rollout its next gadget, the manner of which should determine its success or spell its quick demise.
First off, the mobile phone maker must first convince consumers that their mobile Facebook moments would be more enjoyable with the Myst instead of using iPhones or Samsung Galaxy handsets like the Galaxy Note 2 or the Galaxy S3.
Maybe they will if the price is right since Myst is packing just the right chops to gallop its way to likely success. The right price, of course, is the so called sweet spot, in which buyers are paying less and getting more.
No suggestion yet if Facebook is following Google's Nexus model - pushing out affordable devices to sell as many possible and encourage traffic to its site, which in the end with draw the money.
If a Facebook subsidy is supporting the HTC Myst, maybe we can expert a dirt-cheap price point, likely between $US100 and $US200.
However, those are speculations at this point as aside from the leaked specs, the Myst remains wrapped in mystery. Even its look is a big question mark.
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