Back in the summer of 2011, HTC, Facebook, and AT&T got together to offer a mid-range handset with a dedicated Facebook button, the HTC Status — US version of the HTC ChaCha (and QWERTY-equipped companion to the full-touch HTC Salsa). As we learned later that year via All Things D, history is poised to repeat itself in the coming months, with these three players reuniting to take another stab at a social networking-focused handset: the HTC Myst #UL (once known as HTC Opera).
Thanks to a previously reliable source, we’ve now been able to confirm the full specs for this device, and they are very, very close to what was reported in a leak early last month. In fact, besides a few additional pieces of info, the only difference between the feature sets comes down to a change in company plans: instead of a gigahertz-class, dual-core MSM8930 Snapdragon CPU from Qualcomm, Myst is stepping up a 1.5GHz, dual-core MSM8960 SoC, backed by 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage (but no microSD expansion).
As reported earlier by Twitter user @LlabTooFeR, Myst will also sport a 4.3-inch, 720p display with 320PPI pixel density, and dual 5MP/1.6MP cameras, although it’s not clear if Ultrapixel technology is being used here, or even big glass on the lens. If not, this would be a rather curious design decision, since the Status also offered the same resolution rear sensor.
Rounding out the specs are the usual range of connectivity options: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, LTE, and category 14 HSDPA. We’re expecting Myst to arrive Stateside prior to the equivalent Status release, so sometime this Spring. Naturally, Android Jelly Bean-powered slate will ship with a full complement of FB software pre-loaded, such as a new version of the Facebook app, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram, among others.
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