Facebook on Thursday announced, in collaboration with Taiwanese handset maker HTC, the first smartphone to equip the all-new Facebook Home app. It’s called the HTC First, and is slated to arrive April 12th on AT&T for $99 with a new two-year service agreement.
The HTC First will feature the Facebook Home launcher, which includes deep integration with the social network, on top of stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The smartphone will also have native Instagram functionality, the social photo sharing service that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Facebook.
In terms of hardware, the HTC First is centered between the iPhone and Galaxy S4 with a 4.3-inch display at 1280 x 720 pixels. The handset is powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 1 GB RAM, with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 4G LTE and 16 GB internal storage.
The smartphone is available for pre-order through AT&T beginning today, and will eventually be released on carriers Orange and EE in Europe. No specific release dates were provided. What do you think of the HTC First? Is it the Facebook Phone we were hoping for, or just another smartphone?