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Starting April 12, you can get the HTC First from AT&T: An LTE, Android 4.1 phone with Facebook Home as your launcher. AT&T hasn’t provided many specs, but some nosing around on the HTC site yielded quite a few.

HTC First phone

At a press event on Thursday, Facebook introduced a custom launcher for Android called Facebook Home. The software will be pre-installed on certain handsets with the initial one being the HTC First, a device for AT&T’s LTE network that arrives in stores on April 12. As expected, it’s a mid-range handset with a price to match: $99.99 on contract.

What does that $100 and two-year commitment get you? AT&T isn’t providing many details on the handset, but says it has a 4.3-inch display, runs Android 4.1 and uses a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, which is the third most powerful of the four newest Qualcomm chips. I did a little sleuthing on HTC’s site and also found the following hardware information, which sounds about right for $99.

  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS, Digital compass
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • 5 megapixel rear camera, 1.6 megapixel front camera
  • Non-removable 2000 mAh battery
  • 1.4 GHz processor

I still see little-to-no reason why anyone should buy this device though. For the same price, you can get a better Android phone — say Samsung’s Galaxy S III — and simply install Facebook Home if you want it. It will be interesting to see how other Facebook Home handset partners handle that scenario.

  1. John S. Wilson Thursday, April 4, 2013

    Seriously. That doesn’t even beat the 4S, which was released over one year ago.

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  2. Kevin, you can find the full specs here on the AT&T site. The AT&T press release gave a bum link so I just tried htcfirst instead of facebookhome and found this site, https://www.wireless.att.com/businesscenter/devices/htc-first.jsp#fbid=2haF-oCnbo2

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    1. Thanks Matt! These jive what what I found on the HTC site….

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  3. Where can I stand in line so I can get mine first?!

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