HTC announces First, an Android phone with Facebook Home
HTC today became the first smartphone manufacturer to announce the first phone to come with Facebook Home in the form of HTC First. The phone will be first available in the United States with telecom operator AT&T and LTE support. Although, HTC did not reveal about global availability, there were some hints about possible launch with EE and Orange telecom operators in some other countries, probably UK and other European countries.
Apart from the presence of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, HTC First packs the newly announced Facebook Home interface. The Taiwanese manufacturer is putting a lot of confidence in this UI by Facebook that it removed Sense from one of its phone, which believe me is a rare site.
HTC First will come with a slightly more integrated Facebook Home experience than the Google Play version like system notifications directly in Facebook Home, which would otherwise appear normally. We will know more about this more integrated approach in the coming days.
Similar to Facebook Home, HTC First is also going on sale beginning April 12 for $99.99 with the usual two-year contract on AT&T. Interested consumers can already place pre-orders for the phone on AT&T website.
Coming to the raw specifications of the phone, HTC First comes with 4.3-inch 720p glass display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor, LTE support, and 2000 mAh battery.
“HTC has a track record of providing beautiful hardware design, and of being first-to-market with smartphone innovations,” said Peter Chou, CEO, HTC Corporation. “The HTC First continues that track record, providing AT&T customers with a unique home experience that puts a user’s friends and family at the center of their mobile experience.”