So forgive us for putting the following in Suspended Reality Quarantine for a bit still: the Facebook Phone is real, it's in testing and its name is the HTC Opera UL.
That name, you'll be relieved to hear, is reportedly also just in testing, and is just a working title for now. However, what seems very real is a set of NenaMark2 benchmarks for a “OPERAUL” made by HTC running Android 4.1.1 and kitted out with a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Adreno 305 chipset and a 720p display.
That, claims an exclusive Pocket-lint source in Taiwan, is the Facebook Phone.
Or more specifically, their chap reckons it is an “OEM product” and is “the Facebook phone, made for Facebook”.
Bad news, however, is that “apparently it's been delayed”, though there's no context at all as to what that might mean.
And not knowing the source, or if they have any track record of reliability, it's hard to put any real weight to this for now. There's certainly plenty of room for any number of realities having been slightly misinterpreted to reach the conclusions being claimed, and when that's balanced against Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly insisting that a Facebook Phone just makes no sense, we're by no means convinced.
But then never say never. It certainly hasn't stopped the rumours in the past.