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HTC and AT&T Announce the HTC First, Also Known as the First Facebook Phone – Available April 12 for $99

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The Facebook announcements continue on this morning with HTC and AT&T partnering up to release the first Facebook-focused phone, the HTC First. It’s available April 12 (same day as Facebook Home) for $99.99 on contract at AT&T. You can pre-order today if you’d like. Oh, it has LTE as well. The device sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor, 4.3″ 720p display, 5MP rear camera, 1GB RAM, and runs Android 4.1.

At some point today, the pre-order site will go live here.

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AT&T Joins with HTC and Facebook to Launch HTC First, the Only Smartphone Designed Around Facebook Home

Facebook’s Newest Mobile Experience Available Exclusively on the Nation’s Fastest 4G LTE Network

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AT&T*, HTC and Facebook have teamed up to develop and launch the HTC First™, the first and only smartphone built to feature Facebook Home, which puts your friends at the heart of your phone. Facebook Home is the first mobile experience designed to give you your friends’ latest updates right on your home screen and messages that reach you no matter what you’re doing.

HTC First will be available for pre-order today for $99.99 with a two-year commitment and available exclusively in AT&T stores and online starting April 12. To pre-order, visit www.att.com/facebookhome.

The HTC First runs on AT&T 4G LTE, the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network.** In addition, independent mobile research firm RootMetrics® has published a special report on 4G LTE in the U.S. which notes that AT&T wireless customers in our 4G LTE markets that were tested by RootMetrics have access to the fastest mobile speeds on their smartphones. AT&T also has the nation’s largest 4G network, covering 288 million people.

“The HTC First will offer the best Facebook Home experience on mobile, right out of the box. That’s why we’re committed to this phone and making it exclusive in our stores,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility. “Because AT&T offers the fastest 4G LTE** in the nation, it’s the best network for Facebook Home. And the best device for Facebook Home is the HTC First.”

“HTC has a track record of providing beautiful hardware design, and of being first-to-market with smartphone innovations,” said Peter Chou, CEO, HTC Corporation. “The HTC First continues that track record, providing AT&T customers with a unique home experience that puts a user’s friends and family at the center of their mobile experience.”

“Home is a completely new experience for your phone,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s Founder and CEO. “With Home available right out of the box, you’re getting the best quality experience for connecting with your friends.”

Facebook Home brings your News Feed to the surface, immediately giving you the content you care about right on your home screen when you turn on your phone without having to open an app or access a mobile website. Just sign into your Facebook account and begin using Home – no need for download or configuration. Facebook Home connects you directly with your friends, whether it’s their real-time updates and newest photo uploads being streamed on your cover feed or the ability to chat with friends without jumping in and out of apps.

Facebook Home is built around your friends and puts them at the center of your phone:

Cover feed: A constant, fresh stream of photos and updates from your newsfeed, cover feed is always present when you wake up your phone. It lets you stay up-to-date on your friends’ latest activities in real-time, all the time. You can swipe through to see more photos and updates, double tap to “like” a post and comment right from cover feed. To learn more about cover feed, check out this video.

Notifications: Notifications from apps and friends appear right on your home screen. It’s easier to see when you have a missed call, calendar reminder or new message. Open a notification with a double tap or clear them away to see your Cover Feed. To learn more about notifications, check out this video.

Chat Heads: The mobile messenger lets you jump in and out of conversations while you do other things, like watch a video and browse the web. Reply right from chat heads, or move them around if you’re not ready to respond. Plus you can send and receive texts and Facebook messages from the same spot. To learn more about chat heads, check out this video.

App Launcher: See your favorite apps and post right to Facebook from the same spot. You choose what’s on your app launcher—press and hold an app then drag it anywhere.

Instagram: HTC First is the only phone that comes with Instagram pre-loaded.

HTC First will be available in four colors: black, white, red and pale blue. The hardware is thin, modern and seamless, with soft edges to draw your attention to the updates from friends and family on the 4.3-inch glass display. Inside, the smartphone runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with the new Facebook Home experience and incorporates a Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 400 processor with dual-core CPU and 3G/4G world and multimode LTE so you can enjoy the richest content on AT&T’s blazing fast 4G LTE network.

For more information, or to pre-order HTC First, please visit www.att.com/facebookhome.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

**Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Claim based on a comparison of U.S. national carriers’ average 4G LTE download speeds for Android™ and Windows smartphones and iPhone 5. 4G speeds not available everywhere.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.

Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com/aboutus or follow our news on @ATT, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/att and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/att.

About HTC

Founded in 1997, HTC Corp. (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to create innovative and personal experiences for consumers around the globe. HTC’s portfolio includes smartphones and tablets powered by the HTC Sense® user experience. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more information, please visit www.htc.com.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gilbert-Estrada/100000308267656 Gilbert Estrada

    So another HTC phone with no Verizon variant. I wouldn’t be surprised if they stop making phones for Verizon altogether.. though at the rate they’re going they’ll probably going to be out of business entirely by next year, at least in the US.

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    I would never buy this hunk of junk. I wouldn’t even accept a free one. I just want to take a stack of them, and smash them with a sledge hammer.

  • C-Law

    What’s up with the htc’s phone names? I could see ordinary people getting confused bc all the names have a 1. The order almost seems backwards too. First, One, One X seems like more logical order. Some people will probably think the one x is better than the one bc it has an x added to it.

  • http://twitter.com/Zkosn1 Nee Austino

    Nothing says cool like photos of old CEO’s in the app icons

  • Ian Dunn

    I would like to give this phone a chance as well as tge one, but HTC is shooting thenselves in the foot by choosing AT&T over Verizon. AT&T still has atrocious coverage in my area and the population is over 100,000.

  • zombiewolf115

    watch just like the other facebook phone its gunna be on the shelfs for 1 month then be gone forever. good job loseing more money htc

  • MikeKorby

    It could be worse.. it could have been a Microsoft Kin.

  • dylan84

    My god. This is not how you make a comeback HTC. *facepalm*

  • duke69111

    What a waste of effort by HTC. The $99 price tag might be the only thing that saves this for HTC.

    • Tech Pro

      Someone already said it. It would be free on Amazon in less than 2 months.

  • Matthew Merrick

    What i noticed about this? First phone I’ve heard of to use a Snapdragon 400. I wonder how it compares to the last – generation SoCs?

  • Bionic

    The FIRST phone for 13 year old girls.

    • Tim242

      The FIRSTof the LAST nails in their coffin.

    • memnoch73

      Meh..Even 13yr old girls don’t want it. My step-daughter just turned 15. She’s had an OG Droid, Droid 3 and now has the GSIII

      • Tech Pro

        Let me guess. She is going to get Note2 after you bought S4.

  • Tim242

    HTC ONE, HTC FIRST…more like HTC LAST!

  • snowblind64

    I find the design of this phone pretty dull. It has a very plain or generic look to it.

    That said, I don’t see why anybody would want this phone when you can install a Facebook launcher on other superior phones.

    Lastly, I hope the FB launcher and phone goes and dies in a fire.

    • Tech Pro

      HTC First. This is low end phone target 1st time buyer of smartphone and not wanting to spend too much money. It’s not for any one active on Droid Life since people here are always getting the flagship phone.

  • Uncle Paul

    Sweet iphone dude!

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    So… Did they name it the “First” so everyone would forget about the HTC ChaCha from a year and a half ago?

    • moelsen8

      ..two years ago. time flies.

  • zepfloyd

    Verizon couldn’t fit their logo in that circle home button, so they passed.

    • Tech Pro

      That’s 1 thing I like about this phone. There is no logo in the front side. But overall design is not impressive at all. This is low end phone in the hi-lo mix of HTC in ATT.

      • michael arazan

        I’d guess it’ll go from $99 to free with in a week or two, seriously no one is going to buy it

        • Tech Pro

          That would be great. The facebook home could be disabled.
          I was hoping Moto X is 4.3″ screen but it appears to be 4.7″ of now.
          This is right size phone with pretty good battery capacity. phone bigger than 4.5″ is pain on the butt for me while driving because I prefer to put phone in my back pocket.
          I will wait for Moto X announcement anyway.

  • Nagini

    *SECOND Facebook phone.

  • Josh Flowers

    “this just in–automatically update your news feed with every website visited by your web browser; Also, automatically upload every image you capture straight to your timeline for your friends approval. Please note, there is no opt-out feature of this–and Facebook reserves the right to all images posted”

    you know it’s in some TOS you have to sign before you buy it :)

  • James W.

    So the fb phone gets announced later the the one but released first? Sweet

  • Niall Fox

    if it had to come down to a social networking phone, i’d say a Twitter phone would be much more worth it than a Facebook phone

  • The Gooch

    Not that I’m going to get it but “$99.99 with a two-year commitment”?
    How much can retail be?

    • New_Guy

      Not when the S4 and HTC One are $99 up front with T-mobile and NO annual contact. This thing will be free on Amazon in less than 2 months.

      • Tech Pro

        Less than $300 from ebay without contract in less than 2 months.

  • Derek Lockovich

    The only really good thing about this device is the fact that it has an extremely simple design without enormous logos. I dig it, but I’ll never in my life get it or recommend it to anyone.

  • DainLaguna

    Funny…but button arrangement looks better than any htc phone to date. (Power/vol that is)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brad-Ross/1076175661 Brad Ross

    The Launcher (may be) exciting, the Phone = Meh

  • Austin Warren

    Should be called the “HTC Last”.

  • Nick

    “I am really excited about this phone!” — said no one, ever.

    • http://profiles.google.com/jtsurf18 Jason Downing

      There are plenty of people excited about this phone lol

      • New_Guy

        I’m not sure the use of your word “people” is accurate. I’m sure there’s a person, somewhere, in a very remote and secluded location that will buy this phone. But, “people”…
        :)

        • http://profiles.google.com/jtsurf18 Jason Downing

          I’m almost willing to be there are more people interested in this phone/launcher than not. Doesn’t mean they browse this site though.

          • ERIC REED

            I’m guessing Droid Life dedicated a whole day of this site to cover something no one is interested in…

  • ChristianJohnson

    well…

  • JimmyHACK

    FIRST!

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      the one and only time i will upvote that comment.

      • JimmyHACK

        Figured it was the only time it has ever been appropriate :)

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    • Sams Son

      Will you also be the first one to buy this phone?

      • NIGHTSCOUT

        He’d be the only one…..

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