As expected, the HTC First was launched today on AT&T network. The handset was announced on April 4 and is the first smartphone launched in joined effort by HTC and Facebook. The company’s previous attempts at releasing a Facebook phone were not exactly successful and the devices were never officially approved by the social network. The HTC First is exclusive to AT&T and is available for $99.99 with a new two-year contract. Plus, if you purchase the phone online, it will be shipped to you for free.
HTC First Facebook Home Phone for AT&T
The HTC First comes in four color options: black, white, red and pale blue. Hardware-wise the handset falls within the mid-range category. It features a 4.3-inch touch screen with 720p resolution, 4G LTE connectivity and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Powered by a dual-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, the phone also offers 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory and two cameras. The main camera sports 5 megapixels with LED flash and 1080p video capture. On the front, you will find a 1.6-megapixel unit for video chatting. Other features include a 2,000 mAh battery, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi.
What makes the HTC First so special is the unique mobile experience delivered by Facebook Home. This one-of-a-kind functionality makes interaction with friends over social network easier than ever before. Now, all status updates, recently uploaded photos and other notifications are displayed right on the home screen as well as lock screen. Thanks to Chat Heads and Facebook Messenger you can carry our conversations even while doing other things.
Depending on how users react to Facebook Home, there is a chance that it will be employed in other phones in the future. If you are not quite ready for the HTC First yet, stay tuned ‘cause there might be a second or even third launching with Facebook Home.
more info: AT&T