This week we are headed to Facebook to check out their “new home on Android,” and rumors suggested that a new HTC phone would make an appearance. A device with the codename Myst has been floating around for several months, but it appears the product will launch as the HTC First, according to a new image from notorious leaker @evleaks.
Rumored specs for the device include a 4.3 inch 720p display, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip, 5 megapixel rear camera, 1.6 megapixel front camera, 16 GB storage, 1 GB RAM, and support for AT&T’s 4G LTE network. Based on that hardware, we expect the HTC First will debut around $50-99 with a two year contract.
There is no word if Facebook plans to offer this device on other carriers or sell an unlocked model, but my gut tells me that AT&T has already locked up an exclusive launch for the HTC First.
The device is said to feature a new version of Facebook’s Android app, and offer deep software integration into other parts of the phone. That means we should expect a Facebook news feed on the homescreen, Facebook camera app, Facebook messages, and a Facebook contacts manager. We should also see a new stand alone version of the Facebook app announced for other Android devices.
On the surface, it does not appear that the HTC First is a very exciting phone. We still don’t know exactly what Facebook will reveal, so we are hoping there are some other surprises in store. I would love to see an unlocked version priced around $199, but we will have to wait and see what happens.
Even though the HTC First might not appeal to the hardcore Android faithful, I’m sure we all know a couple people who might go after this phone. If it’s priced right and has an intuitive user interface, it could be the perfect device for a first-time smartphone buyer.