Facebook’s press conference is underway right now at the company’s Menlo Park headquarters. They’ve already announced Facebook Home and as rumors had suggested, HTC announced a smartphone. HTC First has now finally been unveiled and it looks exactly like its image which was leaked a day before. HTC CEO Peter Chou said at the event that the First is going to be the “ultimate social phone”, though he didn’t talk about any specifications while he was on stage. The HTC First will support AT&T’s LTE network and it is going to be available in four colors, black, white, red and pale blue.
The HTC first has a 4.3 inch display, the hardware is thin with soft edges to draw attention towards the display. Inside there’s a dualcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 3G/4G world and multimode LTE. The device runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the new Facebook Home experience. The device also has a small Facebook logo at the back. The HTC First will be available exclusively from AT&T from April 12th for $99.99. Pre-orders begin today. HTC First will also be available in Europe on EE and Orange.
HTC First is a pretty standard smartphone, they are no special features that make it stand out of the crowd, save for the fact that it ships with Facebook Home and Instagram pre-installed. As previously mentioned, the First has a Qualcomm MSM8930 1.4Ghz dualcore processor with 1GB of RAM. It has 16GB of internal storage. It is 4.96 x 2.56 x 0.35 (inches) in dimensions and it has a 4.3 inch display with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. It weighs 4.37 ounces. There’s a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash on the back, capable of 4X digital zoom. It can capture 1080p HD video and can play back 720p HD on the device. A 1.6 megapixel camera can be found on the front. As far as connectivity is concerned, the HTC First supports near field communication or NFC, has Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n compatibility. The device can be used as a mobile hotspot for up to 8 devices. Power is provided by a 2000 mAh non-removable battery, which provides an estimated talk time of 14.3 hours and a standby time of 18.2 days.
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