HTC First landing at AT&T on April 12 for $99.99, includes 4G LTE and Facebook HomeAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
After giving us a look at Facebook Home, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg brought AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega and HTC CEO Peter Chou to introduce the HTC First. The HTC First will come with Facebook Home preinstalled, just as expected, and it'll land on AT&T's shelves on April 12 for $99.99 with a two-year contract or $449.99 without a commitment. Pre-orders for the First begin today. Interested customers will be able to pick up a First in either black, red, pale blue and white versions.
As far as specs go, the HTC First will be displaying all of a user's Facebook content on a 4.3-inch 720p Super LCD screen. Under the First's hood is support for AT&T's 4G LTE network as well as a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, which is one of the new chips that Qualcomm officially introduced earlier this year. And as Zuckerberg noted several times during today's event, Facebook Home is software that runs on top of Android, and on the First it'll be running on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Rounding out the HTC First's spec list is a 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.6-megapixel front-facing shooter, 1GB RAM and a 2,000mAh battery.
Overall it looks like the leaks and rumors that've surrounded the HTC First over the past week or so were fairly accurate. While the First has a spec list that makes it seem like a mid-range Android smartphone, it does have a couple of notable features, like its 4.3-inch 720p display. It's also the first smartphone to include Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 processor. Obviously the 400 isn't quite as high-end as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 and 800 chips, but it is still a new piece of silicon, and so I'm sure some folks will be interested in checking out the First once it hits stores just to see how the Snapdragon 400 performs. AT&T's full announcement of the HTC First is available right here.