The highly anticipated HTC First which comes with Facebook Home, is now available via AT&T in the US for a price of $99.99 on a 2-year contract. Those who would prefer to pick it up on a 1-year agreement will have to pay $349.99, but contract-free, on a month-to-month basis, it will sell for $449.99.
The device is available exclusively via the aforementioned carrier and can be purchased from mobile network operator’s online store in black, white, pale blue and red. In addition, the social network’s Home launcher is available to download for Android via the Google Play store, although it is presently restricted to the Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2, as well as the HTC One, One X and One X+.
Coming back to the Taiwanese manufacturer’s handset, it has a 4.3-inch, 720p HD display with a pixel density of 341ppi. Of course, it won’t come with the company’s proprietary UI, but it will feature Jelly Bean (Android 4.1). And besides, with LTE connectivity, the streams and constant (read possibly irritating) updates will be quick.
The phone will draw its processing power from a 1.4GHz dual core Qualcomm 8930AA chip, not bad in the specs department. Assisting with operations will be 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM, while a 16GB ROM is present, with no mention of memory expandability. Wireless options include NFC, Wi-Fi, GPS, mobile hotspot and Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), the same kind in the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The 5MP camera on the back and the 1.6MP front-facing webcam get propped up with BSI sensor technology, while the primary snapper is capable of 1080p video capture and tags along an LED flash for enhanced photography. A 2,000mAh Li-polymer battery rounds up the hardware built into the device, but there hasn’t been any mention of usage stats. Finally, the phone measures 4.96 x 2.56 x 0.35 inches in dimensions and weighs about 4.4 ounces.
The HTC First gathered quite a bit of interest with a few leaks in the buildup to its launch with Facebook Home, and recently a report surfaced suggesting the launcher was headed to Canada shortly after its release in the US. The handset had gone up for pre-order about 10 days ago, but there isn’t any word on whether bookings have started shipping.