Hello HTC First, we’ve been waiting for you. And we’ve been waiting for quite a long time. Yes, the Facebook phone is real, and following an event held at Facebook’s headquarters last night, it’s official. The phone is the first smartphone to feature a pre-loaded edition of Facebook Home, the brand-new Android and Facebook experience also launched during the event.
The HTC First turns out to be the same device we saw leaked earlier this week, and its specification matches that of the phone leaked as the HTC Myst. While this means it’s not much of a surprise, it’s good to see it all confirmed and official. Here’s what you need to know about the First.
It has a 4.3-inch touchscreen with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, wrapped up in a soft-touch body measuring 8.9mm thick and weighing 123 grams, and powered by a dual-core, 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 processor. The phone also has 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage memory, a 5 megapixel camera and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
While the phone’s spec sheet is fairly ordinary, the addition of Facebook Home makes it standout. Home brings Facebook to the front of the phone, adding a completely new look and way of using the device. Photos and items from your news feed appear on the home screen, now known as Cover Feed, while you can chat with your friends in dedicated screens called Chat Heads. Everything you’d normally do via the Facebook app, from updating your status to sharing a photo, is now easier to access on the main screen of your phone.
In the US, the HTC First is an exclusive with the AT&T network and will be released on 12 April, while in the UK it’s heading to EE - where it’ll connect to its 4G LTE network – sometime this summer.