HTC First: The First Facebook Phone with Facebook Home
Facebook recently announced their latest skin for Android dubbed as Facebook Home, but that wasn’t the only thing announced at the event. The Social network also announced the first phone to ship with Facebook Home is the new HTC First available on AT&T.
The HTC First bears a tiny resemblance to the iPhone 4, however it’s bigger, comes in various colors and sports a few buttons. The phone sports a 4.3″ 720p display and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. On the front , there are three capacitive buttons – standard on most Android phones.
The HTC First will make its way to AT&T on the same day Facebook Home debuts on Google Play, that is 12 April. Although, pre-orders for the device are available, it will cost you $99.99 on a 2 year contract.
The phone will come in four stylish colors that include White, black, red and pale blue. The front housing will be black for all variants and only the back and sides will be of different colors.
HTC First is also the first phone to come preloaded with Instagram. There are no words yet if any HTC Sense apps will make their way to the device; or if there’s any way to run the traditional Android homescreen instead of Facebook Home.
It packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip under the hood, making it a decent mid-range device. The phone also supports AT&T’s 4G LTE and 3G networks. Other specs include a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of Internal storage. The phone also supports NFC.
There will be more phones from other OEMs that will come preloaded with Facebook Home as well in different markets. Facebook has announced partnerships with many hardware manufacturers to bring their Facebook Home to many devices across the world. It will also be available for download via Google Play from 12 April but will only support a few devices at the launch. Although, we’re certain that Facebook will add support for more devices over time.
What are your thoughts on the HTC First’s design and features? Does it really resemble the iPhone 4’s style? Let us know.