Apr 02 AT 4:08 PM Taylor Wimberly 29 Comments

HTC First is the upcoming “Facebook Phone”

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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.

Source: @evleaks

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  • Adryan maldonado

    Low specs aside, I really dont like the idea of facebook being that integrated into my phone and personal business. They already have enough of peoples data as it is.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      But do they have as much data as Google?

      • Adryan maldonado

        well probably not but google probably doesnt have pictures of me drinking upside down then simultaneously vomiting(ok that didnt happen to me but i know people post some crazy stuff), or being drunk or other embarrassing things that facebook has. But i guess facebook wants more.

        • Jorge Eslava

          I think Google has mor epersonal data in a way. They have all your searches, they know everything you search for… EVERYTHING!

    • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

      It’s kinda sad these are “low specs” now. It’s a smaller HTC One X.

    • thel0nerang3r

      Low specs? Those are on par with the S3 and OneX… first time I’ve heard similar specs being called “low”.

  • Hom0ncruse

    Final nail in the coffin for Facebook.

    • herbivore83

      It’s so hard not to upvote this sometimes. Must…. restrain… my…… Oh, screw it. Sometimes this is funny.

  • redraider133

    Wonder if this will only last a few weeks like the chacha Facebook phone. Think htc should focus more on their other devices.

    • jamal adam

      Or like, getting the One updated to 4.2.2 before the summer.

      • epps720

        Or getting the One to Verizon and in my hands!

        Yes, I realize it’s most likely Verizon being douches and stopping it.

  • Gr8Ray

    Two different rear facing cameras? Innovative!

  • jamal adam

    I have enough of Facebook as it is, wouldn’t want anymore, especially when it would be in my face nonstop 24/7 with this phone.

  • R.S

    When will HTC learn in regards to carrier exclusivity. Ironically, this one will probably help them rather than hurt them, lol.

  • Nate B.

    It doesn’t even matter if it had the latest specs. It’s the fact that I don’t see a point of a Facebook phone. Who wants a phone so deeply intergrated into a social network? Hey must be trying to come up with their own OS down the line because this is a waste of resources if you ask me. I’m trying to be positive but I don’t see the point of FB pulling this move off.

  • pjamies

    Boring, Useless, Fail .. in that order.. lol

    It should come with wallpaper stating the following..
    (Like Bart Simpson would do ..)

    I will not build a stupid Facebook phone again!
    I will not build a stupid Facebook phone again!
    I will not build a stupid Facebook phone again!
    I will not build a stupid Facebook phone again!
    I will not build a stupid Facebook phone again!
    I will not build a stupid Facebook phone again!
    I will not build a stupid Facebook phone again!
    I will not build a stupid Facebook phone again!

  • Dee

    I’m confused…
    Facebook is owned by microsoft yet they want a android phone and are focusing all their attention on a facebook app for android….
    is microsoft trying to be sneaky?

    • pjamies

      Since when?
      Buddy, I think you have your facts wrong ..
      MS does own Skype .. my be that is what you are thinking about ..

    • pjamies

      Update … (my-bad, but I am right, they do not own any controlling stock)

      Actually, they own 1.7% (or $240 million) of Facebook .. which is basically nothing!
      The stock is now worth more, but 1.7% is not that much …

  • aranea

    Can’t you do most of this using widgets anyway. I don’t see the point of building a phone for this purpose. Unless, facebook has plans to offer a voip kind of service over carriers data. But I don’t see facebook doing that. So they should work on improving their app.

  • Raptor

    ROTFLMAOOOOO… Now you all feel what the morons are steering FB wheel

  • TrixzD

    I say this as someone who left Facebook over a year and a half ago and has never once logged on since. Although it will be interesting to see what they show at the event, I really don’t think anybody will be that interested in a phone deep in social integration, even people who only seem to think smartphones are only used for facebook (I know alot of people like that). I just think facebooks got used to its own greed that anyway it can fit advertising onto a small screen that it will use.

    • TrixzD

      Oops that last line didn’t make sense I meant ‘I just think facebooks got used to its own greed that anyway it can fit advertising onto a small screen it will use it’.

  • donger

    Where’s the dedicated Facebook button on the phone?

  • Odie

    Soooo…HTC is not really sticking with their “one phone” claim? I realize that this is aimed at a different segment, but I heard that they’re coming out with a new Desire. Maybe I just don’t understand the whole situation.

  • maria weatherall

    Micah. I see what you mean… Frank`s c0mment is unbelievable, on monday I got a top of the range Lancia Straton since I been earnin $8744 this-last/five weeks and just a little over ten-k last-munth. this is actually the most comfortable job Ive had. I actually started four months/ago and almost immediately began to bring in over $85… per/hr. I follow instructions here Snap11.comisit

  • jonstle

    I think this is too late. I work with highschool students and they are abandoning Facebook for other things like Instagram and snapchat… I am not sure who else would buy such a phone.

  • Nathan D.

    I’ll pass, thank you.

  • amit kumar

    Well-meaning inform for me straight I have believe you It is awesome. I saw fairly a few decent features this website as well. http://www.gadtecho.com/

  1. Low specs aside, I really dont like the idea of facebook being that integrated into my phone and personal business. They already have enough of peoples data as it is.

    • But do they have as much data as Google?

      • well probably not but google probably doesnt have pictures of me drinking upside down then simultaneously vomiting(ok that didnt happen to me but i know people post some crazy stuff), or being drunk or other embarrassing things that facebook has. But i guess facebook wants more.

        • I think Google has mor epersonal data in a way. They have all your searches, they know everything you search for… EVERYTHING!

    • It’s kinda sad these are “low specs” now. It’s a smaller HTC One X.

    • Low specs? Those are on par with the S3 and OneX… first time I’ve heard similar specs being called “low”.

  2. Hom0ncruseGuest 2 years ago

    Final nail in the coffin for Facebook.

    • It’s so hard not to upvote this sometimes. Must…. restrain… my…… Oh, screw it. Sometimes this is funny.

  3. Wonder if this will only last a few weeks like the chacha Facebook phone. Think htc should focus more on their other devices.

    • Or like, getting the One updated to 4.2.2 before the summer.

      • Or getting the One to Verizon and in my hands!

        Yes, I realize it’s most likely Verizon being douches and stopping it.

  4. Gr8RayGuest 2 years ago

    Two different rear facing cameras? Innovative!

  5. I have enough of Facebook as it is, wouldn’t want anymore, especially when it would be in my face nonstop 24/7 with this phone.

  6. When will HTC learn in regards to carrier exclusivity. Ironically, this one will probably help them rather than hurt them, lol.

  7. It doesn’t even matter if it had the latest specs. It’s the fact that I don’t see a point of a Facebook phone. Who wants a phone so deeply intergrated into a social network? Hey must be trying to come up with their own OS down the line because this is a waste of resources if you ask me. I’m trying to be positive but I don’t see the point of FB pulling this move off.

  8. Boring, Useless, Fail .. in that order.. lol

    It should come with wallpaper stating the following..
    (Like Bart Simpson would do ..)

    I will not build a stupid Facebook phone again!
    I will not build a stupid Facebook phone again!
    I will not build a stupid Facebook phone again!
    I will not build a stupid Facebook phone again!
    I will not build a stupid Facebook phone again!
    I will not build a stupid Facebook phone again!
    I will not build a stupid Facebook phone again!
    I will not build a stupid Facebook phone again!

  9. I’m confused…
    Facebook is owned by microsoft yet they want a android phone and are focusing all their attention on a facebook app for android….
    is microsoft trying to be sneaky?

    • Since when?
      Buddy, I think you have your facts wrong ..
      MS does own Skype .. my be that is what you are thinking about ..

    • Update … (my-bad, but I am right, they do not own any controlling stock)

      Actually, they own 1.7% (or $240 million) of Facebook .. which is basically nothing!
      The stock is now worth more, but 1.7% is not that much …

  10. Can’t you do most of this using widgets anyway. I don’t see the point of building a phone for this purpose. Unless, facebook has plans to offer a voip kind of service over carriers data. But I don’t see facebook doing that. So they should work on improving their app.

  11. RaptorGuest 2 years ago

    ROTFLMAOOOOO… Now you all feel what the morons are steering FB wheel

  12. I say this as someone who left Facebook over a year and a half ago and has never once logged on since. Although it will be interesting to see what they show at the event, I really don’t think anybody will be that interested in a phone deep in social integration, even people who only seem to think smartphones are only used for facebook (I know alot of people like that). I just think facebooks got used to its own greed that anyway it can fit advertising onto a small screen that it will use.

    • Oops that last line didn’t make sense I meant ‘I just think facebooks got used to its own greed that anyway it can fit advertising onto a small screen it will use it’.

  13. Where’s the dedicated Facebook button on the phone?

  14. OdieGuest 2 years ago

    Soooo…HTC is not really sticking with their “one phone” claim? I realize that this is aimed at a different segment, but I heard that they’re coming out with a new Desire. Maybe I just don’t understand the whole situation.

  15. maria weatherallGuest 2 years ago

    Micah. I see what you mean… Frank`s c0mment is unbelievable, on monday I got a top of the range Lancia Straton since I been earnin $8744 this-last/five weeks and just a little over ten-k last-munth. this is actually the most comfortable job Ive had. I actually started four months/ago and almost immediately began to bring in over $85… per/hr. I follow instructions here Snap11.comisit

  16. I think this is too late. I work with highschool students and they are abandoning Facebook for other things like Instagram and snapchat… I am not sure who else would buy such a phone.

  17. I’ll pass, thank you.

  18. amit kumarGuest 2 years ago

    Well-meaning inform for me straight I have believe you It is awesome. I saw fairly a few decent features this website as well. http://www.gadtecho.com/