Is this what the Facebook smartphone will look like?

How long a Facebook-driven smartphone remains purely a wet dream of Mark Zuckerberg and his cohorts is still a mystery to all and sundry, but that hasn't stopped intrepid designers from imagining what the device might look like.

Images of a concept phone designed by Michal Bonikowski - who previously imagined a Windows 7 Nokia handset - came to our attention today, giving interested parties and social network fan boys a potential glimpse into what high street window displays could be featuring in the not too distant future.

What can be said about the blueprint? Well, it is indeed blue - very, very blue. It boasts a 4.2-inch screen, stylish minimalist dock, and a highly visible 8 megapixel back cover camera, presumably intended to reflect Facebook's ongoing interest in photo sharing.

Other than that, this pipe dream says nothing about Facebook's actual plans for a social smartphone, but it does certain offer a potential start point for a design debate.

Recently, we have mused on how the rumoured acquisition of Opera would pave the way for the social handset, reported that 75 per cent of Brits are keen on the idea, and argued that there's no need for a Facebook phone whatsoever.

Image credits: Michal Bonikowski