March 8, 2013 | by Natesh Sood
HTC decided to launch a Facebook based smartphone in 2011 with the HTC Status on AT&T. The result was a mid-range Android smartphone with some Facebook hardware integration, but nothing overwhelmingly impressive.
It appears that HTC will take another stab a social media focused smartphone with the HTC Myst. In terms of hardware and software, it offers a 4.3 inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, Android 4.1.2, LTE, 5MP rear facing camera, and a 1.6MP front facing camera.
HTC seems to think bundling the device with preloaded apps such as Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and a few others does the consumer a favor. However, all of these apps are free in the Play Store and are easy enough to obtain. I would prefer to see special editions of these apps for such a phone whose primary selling characteristic is based on social media.
In any event, the HTC Myst is rumored to drop in the United States in the Spring, so we have a few weeks to see if HTC officially announces it.