Here are the likely specs of AT&T’s $99 HTC First with Facebook Home pre-installed


At a press event on Thursday, Facebook(s fb) introduced a custom launcher for Android(s goog) 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 (s t) 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(s qcom) 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.


John S. Wilson

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

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