AT&T to Release HTC First Android Smartphone with Facebook Home UX on April 12 for $100 (Specs, Videos)

April 4, 2013

AT&T will release a new Facebook-centric Android smartphone, the HTC First, on April 12th for $99.99 with a new two-year agreement. The HTC First will come pre-loaded with Facebook’s newly announced “Home” software. Home is a home and lock screen replacement designed to give users quick access to updates from their friends and families. The Home software will also be available as a free download on Google Play for devices like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.

“The HTC First will offer the best Facebook Home experience on mobile, right out of the box. That’s why we’re committed to this phone and making it exclusive in our stores,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility. “Because AT&T offers the fastest 4G LTE  in the nation, it’s the best network for Facebook Home. And the best device for Facebook Home is the HTC First.”

The HTC first features a 4.3-inch 720p HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 4G LTE connectivity, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, a 2000mAh battery, 5 megapixel rear camera and 1.6 MP front-facing camera. Along with the Facebook Home UX, the First runs the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. Look for the HTC First in black, white, red and pale blue color options online and at your local AT&T store in one week. Press shots, video and full spec sheet posted after the jump.




Facebook Home Key Features:

  • Cover feed: A constant, fresh stream of photos and updates from your newsfeed, cover feed is always present when you wake up your phone.  It lets you stay up-to-date on your friends’ latest activities in real-time, all the time.  You can swipe through to see more photos and updates, double tap to “like” a post and comment right from cover feed.

  • Notifications: Notifications from apps and friends appear right on your home screen.  It’s easier to see when you have a missed call, calendar reminder or new message. Open a notification with a double tap or clear them away to see your Cover Feed.

  • Chat Heads: The mobile messenger lets you jump in and out of conversations while you do other things, like watch a video and browse the web.  Reply right from chat heads, or move them around if you’re not ready to respond. Plus you can send and receive texts and Facebook messages from the same spot.

  • App Launcher:  See your favorite apps and post right to Facebook from the same spot. You choose what’s on your app launcher—press and hold an app then drag it anywhere.
  • Instagram:  HTC First is the only phone that comes with Instagram pre-loaded.

HTC First Full Specifications and Features:

  • Dimensions: 4.96 x 2.56 x 0.35 inches
  • Weight: 4.37 ounces
  • Battery: 2000 mAh (non-removable)
  • Talk Time: Up to 14.3 hours
  • Standby Time: Up to 18.2 days
  • Technology: GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/LTE
  • Frequency: GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz; UMTS: 850/1900/2100MHz; LTE: Bands 4 and 17
  • HAC Rating: M3,T3
  • Operating System: Facebook Home; Android 4.1
  • Processor: 1.4GHz dual-core; Qualcomm MSM8930AA chipset
  • Memory: Up to 16GB; up to 1GB RAM
  • Display: 4.3-inch HD 720p touchscreen (1280 x 720 pixels; 16 million colors)
  • Device eco-rating: 3 Stars. Visit for additional information.
  • Near Field Communication (NFC): Open
  • Colors: Black, White, Red, or Pale Blue
  • Touchscreen
  • TTY Compatible
  • Included Accessories

    • AC Adapter
    • Micro USB Cable
    • SIM Ejector
    • Quick Start Guide
  • Organization

    • Address Book
    • Calendar
    • Calculator
    • Alarm
    • Multiple Languages
    • Predictive Text
    • Multitasking
  • Apps, Personalization, and Entertainment

    • Music Player
    • Built-in FM Radio (headphone required, not included)
    • Subscription Music Services with Google Play Music
    • AT&T Visual Voice Mail
    • myAT&T
    • Facebook
    • Facebook Messenger
    • Instagram
    • Google Play
  • Software and Connectivity

    • Bluetooth® v4.0
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4GHz
    • Mobile hotspot support for up to 8 devices
    • Tethering / USB tethering
    • Ports: 3.5mm, micro USB
    • Sensors: Proximity, Ambient Light, 3-axis Accelerometer/Gyro/Compass
    • Browser: Google Chrome
    • Near Field Communication (NFC): Open
  • Email and Messaging

    • Email: Get support for POP3/IMAP, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, and more.
    • Text messaging: Send and receive short text-only messages on your phone.
    • Multimedia messaging: Easily add pictures, video clips, and sound clips to your text messages.
    • Instant messaging: Exchange messages in real time using Facebook®Messenger, Google Talk™, and Google Plus™ Messenger.
  • Camera and Video

    • 5.0 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and 4x zoom
    • 1080p HD video capture/720p HD video playback
    • 1.6 MP front-facing camera
  • Voice and Calling

    • Voice Memo
    • Noise Suppression
    • AT&T Visual Voice Mail
    • Speakerphone with Mute
    • Vibrate
    • Flight Mode
    • Customizable Ringtones
    • Caller ID
    • Call Waiting
    • Call Forwarding
    • Conference Calling

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