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HTC Opera UL May be First Facebook Smartphone

By - Source: Pocket-lint | B 13 comments

Device apparently features a 1.4GHz processor and 720x1280 HD display.

According to a new report, the HTC Opera UL will be the first official Facebook smartphone.

An unnamed "very reliable source" told Pocket-lint that the social network's first handset is currently in development and a benchmark test has apparently revealed the first details on the unannounced device. 

The source claimed that the 'HTC Opera GL' is the name for the handset which is being developed specifically for Facebook, with the benchmark result said to have confirmed a 1.4GHz processor and 720x1280 HD display. The Opera GL purportedly runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The insider added that the Opera UL has experienced several delays. However, it's not clear why the rumored Facebook handset was the subject of delays or how long the device has been pushed back for.

While Facebook has yet to publicly confirm plans for its own device, the social network has stressed its confidence in the service's mobile users, which exceeds 600 million.


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    soo-nah-mee , November 5, 2012 1:52 PM
    I will be avoiding this one like the plague and will recommend that my friends and family do the same. Why would anybody want MORE Facebook crap on their phone? Their browser and mobile app UIs are all horrible. Just imagine how bad an entire FB overlay would be on your Android phone!
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    nawat , November 5, 2012 1:51 PM
    Is it UL or GL? Or I'm misunderstanding something...
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    soo-nah-mee , November 5, 2012 1:52 PM
    I will be avoiding this one like the plague and will recommend that my friends and family do the same. Why would anybody want MORE Facebook crap on their phone? Their browser and mobile app UIs are all horrible. Just imagine how bad an entire FB overlay would be on your Android phone!
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    Anonymous , November 5, 2012 2:03 PM
    I could have sworn the HTC Status was the first smartphone for major facebook usage...
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    mrmaia , November 5, 2012 2:29 PM
    Sorry but I didn't get it. It's an HTC phone, right? Only focused on FB usage. So why label it "Facebook Smartphone?" It's an HTC smartphone ffs. Or will Mark Zuckerberg develop it?

    And I'll not even joke about how calling something Facebook-oriented "smart" isn't very correct.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , November 5, 2012 2:51 PM
    mrmaiaAnd I'll not even joke about how calling something Facebook-oriented "smart" isn't very correct.

    Taking the "smart" clean out of "smartphone". :p  I don't even have the app installed on my phone; if I need to go to Facebook when I'm away from my desktop or laptop (which is rarely) I just use the mobile site, which still works just fine.
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    waxdart , November 5, 2012 2:58 PM
    I still recall when the FB app stole into my phone address book and copied it all. I'll not have a FB app on my phone and I don't think I'll ever bother with their phone.
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    Star72 , November 5, 2012 3:01 PM
    Well color me I don't give a ****.
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    Anonymous , November 5, 2012 3:10 PM
    mrmaiaSorry but I didn't get it. It's an HTC phone, right? Only focused on FB usage. So why label it "Facebook Smartphone?" It's an HTC smartphone ffs. Or will Mark Zuckerberg develop it?And I'll not even joke about how calling something Facebook-oriented "smart" isn't very correct.


    Facebooks area is not producing products, therefore they source out the phones from someone, Apple do not build their phones, Foxconn do, Google do not build the nexus devices, a range of companies build them, including Samsung, ASUS and LG
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    mrmaia , November 5, 2012 3:14 PM
    wozza365Facebooks area is not producing products, therefore they source out the phones from someone, Apple do not build their phones, Foxconn do, Google do not build the nexus devices, a range of companies build them, including Samsung, ASUS and LG


    Apple and Google don't manufacture, but they do develop their products. The news here and on its source make me think it's just another HTC phone bundled with FB apps - which doesn't make it a FB phone afaik.
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    Cryio , November 5, 2012 3:33 PM
    At first I thought it was an article about the Opera browser.
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    husker , November 5, 2012 3:45 PM
    Facebook wants so bad to be Google. So sad.
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    mas , November 5, 2012 9:48 PM
    FaceBook.....

    Sorry, just the thought of that application has me laughing...
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , November 6, 2012 4:57 PM
    I fail to see why anyone would need or want this.