Apr 02 AT 4:08 PM Taylor Wimberly 29 Comments

HTC First is the upcoming “Facebook Phone”


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.

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  • 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.

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