Rumours were floating around back in November of a Facebook phone, made by HTC but produced in association with Facebook. It might be about to get an official launch.
'Might' being the operative word here. Facebook has announced an event for 15 January at its headquarters, where the media is being invited to 'see what we're building'. Ok, that might be a new version of the site, new apps or a new offshoot of the social networking site. But it might also be the much-anticipated smartphone.
The phone is said to be called the Open UL, but that is a test name, not the final one. A benchmark test suggested it would have a 1.4GHz processor (likely to be dual-core), a Qualcomm Adreno 305 graphics chip and a HD (1280 x 720) display. Android Jelly Bean will also be present, but possibly amended for use with the Facebook platform.
Original speculation was for a launch in the middle of 2013, but later reports said it was delayed. Which does add an element of doubt to a January launch.
The company could, however, show it off well ahead of launch. At least, that's what we're hoping. The truth will out next week.
Source: Pocket Lint