There’s been plenty of talk about the fabled Facebook Phone launch over the past few days and chances are we’ll be getting our first official look at the devices at the company’s event scheduled for tomorrow. However, for those that refuse to wait the necessary 24-hours or so there’s also the every-leaky rumor mill to bank on, which today has come through in the form of a supposed photo of the Facebook Phone courtesy of @eveleaks via Twitter.
If on the money, the Facebook Phone – which was apparently dubbed the HTC Myst though could now be the HTC First – is unsurprisingly similar to the rest of HTC’s recent lineup. Generally rectangular in shape with rounded corners, there are three capacitive buttons visible on the front. By way of specs and features, chances are we’re looking at a decidedly mid-range Facebook Phone sporting a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 4.3-inch display.
A 5-megapixel camera to the rear and 1.6-megapixel shooter on the front are said to have both been optimized with Facebook in mind, while a tweaked version of HTC Sense 4.5 will hijack Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to ensure that Facebook takes precedence over pretty much everything else.
So – what kind of price can you expect to pay for all of the above?
This could really be the clincher as we’ve all come to realize that overpriced mid-range devices simply will not cut it anymore, regardless of their gimmicks or branding. On the other hand, media-consumption devices and those based around marketing and content like the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7 have sold by the million, having been priced with near-zero profit margins in order to scoop up massive long-term revenue.
As such, if the Facebook Phone follows the principle of the latter – which chances are it will – we’ll be looking at the Kindle Fire of the Smartphone world which by rights could launch unlocked for $250 or less.
And at such a price it really wouldn’t need any gimmicks – a decent HTC Smartphone for $250 free from contract binds would be an absolute belter.