HTC First: A closer look at the first Facebook Home smartphone

HTC First is not the Facebook-ised version of the HTC One despite a very similar name. HTC, which has already got two Facebook-infused smartphones in its portfolio, took a third bet on the social network.

The smartphone – which weighs 124g and is 8.9mm thick - was unveiled yesterday during an event in the US and EE has already confirmed that it will be available in the UK on its network as a 4G handset although it has yet to say how much it will cost.

Perhaps in a bid to keep it affordable, HTC chose a fairly mainstream spec sheet. The device is powered by a decent Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, the MSM8930AA which is clocked at 1.4GHz with an Adreno 305 GPU.

Other features include a 4.3in, 1,280 x 720 pixels display, 4G compatibility, 1GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 5-inch rear camera (with an F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens) and a front facing 1.6-megapixel one (with an ultrawide angle camera), a 2,000mAh battery, Android 4.1 with Facebook Home in lieu of HTC Sense UI.

Nice little improvements include support for GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth LE, two microphones and a speaker with built-in amplifier, full HD video recording but no microSD card slot.

A comparable handset would be the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE which costs £10.50 per month on a two year contract from O2. The First would still be a better handset as it has a higher screen resolution.

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