Alongside Lastnight’s Facebook reveal of Facebook Home they had a little surprise, though most new it was coming, at the end of the show. Due to Facebook Home not being an operating system they wanted to open it up to phone manufacturers and allow them to work with the Facebook Home platform to integrator seamlessly into their phones. The first of such devices to release will be the HTC First that was leaked a few days ago.
“Home is a completely new experience for your phone, with Home available right out of the box, you’re getting the best quality experience for connecting with your friends.”
– Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s Founder and CEO.
The HTC First will be available in the US on April 12th for $99.99 alongside the release of Facebook Home. It’s a thin, seamless, modern design with soft edges that will draw your attention to the screen rather then the device. With a 4.3 inch, 720p screen, Facebook Home is set to look stunning on that display. The HTC First will also be running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) at it’s core powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor (the first phone to do so) and 1GB RAM. 3G/4G and LTE and included and will ensure your always up to date and a 5MP camera should let you grab a good photo or two. No details on battery life as of yet.
True this isn’t a full on Facebook Phone the HTC First is offering a more epitomized and in focus edition of Facebook Home. Where most of us will have to download the app and run it on top of our already busy phones the HTC First will be a much smoother ride. The phone it’s self may only be mid range in terms of spec but otherwise it’s all good. You readers in the US can preorder yours today.
No word yet on any details for a Europe release by Mark said he is hoping for it to be in the coming months. Our sources confirm that the HTC Sense will be coming to the UK and will be available at Phones4U, but details on pricing or date are yet to be confirmed. If I were to guess we’d be looking at contracts being around the £25 a month mark, but that’s just a guess!
What do you think of the HTC First? Is it a good idea or is the Facebook phone going to far?
For more on the HTC First as we get it stay tuned to n3rdabl3.