Thursday, 4 April 2013

A FIRST... HTC FIRST!










HTC & FACEBOOK TEAM UP:  

A FIRST... HTC FIRST!

Good evening, Synapse Circuit Readers! Here’s another worst kept secret! Facebook were always in denial when the subject of a Facebok handset was brought up! Now it is here!

Let’s have a quick look...

A MIXED BAG? HERE’S THE SPEC:


PROCESSOR
Qualcomm® 8930AA, dual core 1.4 GHz

PLATFORM ANDROID
Android™ 4.1
Facebook Home

SIM CARD TYPE
microSim

MEMORY
Total storage: 16GB, available capacity varies

RAM: 1 GB LPDDR2

NETWORK
UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
LTE: 850/1900 MHz

GPS
Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS
Digital compass

SENSORS
Gyro sensor
Tri-axis Accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor

CONNECTIVITY
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
NFC capable
Compliant with Bluetooth 4.0 BLE
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a//b/g/n
micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port

SOUND
Built-in dual-microphones
Speaker with built-in amplifier IC (support 2.55V)

CAMERA
5 MP
BSI sensor
F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens
1080p Full HD video recording
Front Camera: 1.6 MP BSI front camera

MULTIMEDIA
Audio supported formats: .aac, .amr, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)

BATTERY
Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery
Capacity: 2000 mAh

AC ADAPTER
Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5 V and 1 A

MY THOUGHTS
I do think that this handset is a mixed bag... The 1.4 GHz processor is ok and it seems like an odd choice considering other handsets features faster CPUs! Reducing the costs? Hmmm...

The 16GB storage is good and the RAM could have been 2GB instead of 1GB!

It’s good that it is LTE compatible!

The camera doesn’t feature the “Ultrapixels” 4MP sensor which is quite inconsistent. Hmmmm...
I tell you, these “leaks” come as a real anticlimax. I think the HTC First is quite average... However, the costs could make it a hit with Facebook fanatics! Or it could be a miss because you can get the Facebook app on the major mobile operating systems. I don’t see anything significant about the First that would make anyone want to go for it especially...

Have HTC and Facebook got it right? Time will tell!

At the time of writing I’ve no info on cost and availability.

Thank you for reading!

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