Last week, benchmark figures outed an unknown HTC Android, revealed only as codename OPERAUL. The available specs gave the handset a 720p display and dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC, making it sound decent enough, but still leaving us with plenty of questions. Now that phone is getting wrapped-up in the latest incarnation of some very old rumors, suggesting that this could emerge as the fabled Facebook phone.
Supposedly, the phone is in development as the Opera UL, with HTC as the OEM, just as those benchmarks suggested. Pocket-lint claims that a source has identified this model as the hardware that will eventually become a Facebook-branded smartphone. Unfortunately, this source isn’t able to provide much detail about Facebook’s plans, noting only that the project has been experiencing delays.
We’ve seen phones with some prominent Facebook integration before, but Facebook has yet to really take ownership of a smartphone in the way this rumor is suggesting the company will. Certainly, it’s one of the companies large enough to pull something like this off; the question has always seemed to be more along the lines of whether or not Facebook was even interested in an endeavor like this. We’re still not entirely convinced, so we’ll be keeping an eye out for any more news about this Opera UL and Facebook’s plans for it.