After endless months of speculation, the collaboration between HTC and Facebook has finally been revealed to the world. It’s not a Facebook Phone per se, it’s simply a skinned Android smartphone that just so happens to bestow deep social media integration upon the OS, a move which makes the First — as well as future devices that feature the newly announced Facebook Home interface — an appropriate candidate for the term. The First will be available April 12th for $100 on AT&T, but it can be pre-ordered starting today.
While Facebook Home is taking the spotlight, let’s examine the first piece of hardware it will be featured on. On the spec sheet, the First isn’t going to take anybody’s breath away: it’s a midrange phone with 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP rear camera and 1.6MP front-facing cam, Android 4.1 and a 4.3-inch 720p display. We’re just getting our hands on the device right now and will continue to offer up our First impressions, along with a full gallery of images.
Gallery: HTC First hands-on
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HTC First hands-on (update: video)