The HTC Myst – What’s With the Facebook Phone Hype?

Well, yet another smartphone leak has hit the streets and is exciting all- well, at least some of the populace that can get away from the Samsung Galaxy S4 rumors floating around right now. The new HTC Myst, which is being being touted in the rumor mill as the new “Facebook phone”, is all lined up to be the next mid-priced smartphone wonder (if you consider a smartphone with a Facebook app a “wonder” at this point in the game) of 21st century modern human communication and socialization. Unless, of course, the Myst’s debut plays out as it did for the its forebears, HTC’s Salsa (the smartphone formerly known as ChaCha) and Status, the original “Facebook phones”… Oh, you don’t remember them?

If you’re the kind of person that tends to get more excited about facts, figures, and details than you do about checking out what those couple of serial status updaters on your Facebook friends list have posted in the last five minutes, you may be pleased to learn that the HTC Myst is allegedly in possession of Jelly Bean 4.1.2 (runs an Android OS, duh.) which will reach your eyeballs via a 4.3 inch screen on which text, images, and yes, even video will be presented to you at a resolution of 1,280×720-pixels, or 320ppi, if you’re into the whole brevity thing. Front and back cameras are 5 mega-pixel and 1.6 mega-pixels, respectively. The core is dual(1.5GHz), the G is 4 if you can get it that is – 1GB RAM and 16GB memory. No microSD card slot. None whatsoever.

It remains to be seen exactly what features have led to it being nicknamed  the “Facebook Phone”, besides the rumors of preloaded Facebook and Instagram apps (HTC coyly continues neither confirming nor denying the rumors). One can only speculate as to the untold ways this device could bring about a brave new world of socialization. Some have said that using Facebook will become so quick and easy that it could potentially revolutionize the nature of social networking as we currently know it. Others have speculated that it probably just won’t work very well. It has been said in some circles that the very idea of a Facebook phone is inane, and that the Myst will be a very impressive addition to a long line of absurdly over-hyped status symbols that take up too much space in the pockets of the bourgeoisie. The anticipation is palpable, and both the early adopters and the skeptics are frothingly eager to sink their teeth in to whatever HTC has to offer them with the Myst. The real, final truth of it all will be determined in the arena of technological fisticuffs. Your days on the fence are numbered.

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