The HTC First and Facebook Home
The Facebook phone is real. Rumors of a social centric smart phone made by Facebook have been circulating the rumor mills for quite some time. Back in 2011 we got our first glimpse at what sort of potential the social network and a manufacturer could provide with the HTC Status, aka the ChaCha. While Facebook openly denied claims of a smart phone built around the network, it became a reality and now it looks as if it’s time for round two. The HTC First is the handset, Facebook Home is the skin and Android is of course the platform.
While the initial attempt at pairing the massively popular social network into a phone was more or less a failure, it looks like the dynamic duo is making a second attempt at the concept with the HTC First equipped with Facebook Home. The HTC First is a simple but effective smart phone that runs with the likes of Android version 4.1. It comes into this world with a 9 mm thin build that houses a 4.3 inch 720×1280 S-LCD 3 touch screen that clocks 341 pixels per inch. Internally it comes with a 2000 mAh battery, a Qualcomm made Snapdragon 400 System Chip that offers up a dual core 1.4 GHz processor and an Adreno 305 GPU. Add in 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage for good measure. Around back of this new handset you’ll find a 5 mega pixel camera with LED flash, and a front facing shooter that offers up a 1.6 mega pixel sensor. Other connectivity can be found with GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, Hotspot, Micro USB, and NFC. Facebook Home is essentially a ‘skin’ that surrounds the social network and is labeled as “a whole lot deeper than just an app.” At a glance when Home is seen in action it is reminiscent of HTC’s Sense, but with Facebook as its center piece. The HTC First will come pre loaded with Facebook Home and will launch with At&t on April 12th for about $100 bucks along with a new contract. Facebook Home will also not be limited to the HTC First. The skin will be readily available on April 12th as well and will be ready for download for the HTC One, One X, One X+ as well as the Samsung Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II devices and surely more to come in the future.
Anyone interested in the HTC First or Facebook Home? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think of the new face of Facebook mobile. And remember that we carry a wide selection of all the best in HTC accessories.ChaCha, AT&T, snapdragon, NFC, HTC Status