Pictures of the HTC First "Facebook phone" leak, larger focus on photography

Facebook has created quite a stir recently by issuing an invite to see their "New Home on Android." Many speculated that their "new home" would be the Facebook Phone, which has been rumoured for a while. HTC has been unofficially named as the chosen partner, creating a mid-range phone which will have a custom homescreen, according to multiple reports. Mark Zuckerberg denied that Facebook was developing a phone, but it seems they're making one in conjunction with another manufacture. 

9to5Google has teamed up with the @evleaks Twitter account to provide new photos of Facebook's "new home" on Android. The new HTC handset may be called the "First," which @evleaks notes is appropriate as it is the first, real Facebook phone - excluding the ChaCha, which had a Facebook button - and "First" is similar to "One," which happens to be HTC's current flagship device. 

The UI of the device has already been revealed by Android Police, who obtained a copy and @evleaks has provided pictures of the device, which definitely bears a strong resemblance to the iPhone 5. 

The above image shows a notification screen, which has the user's profile picture below - why the user's profile picture is situated there is still a mystery. The phone includes a circular button in the middle, which may be used to take the user "home," like many Android devices. The other two buttons are fairly obvious, with the right button bringing up the menu. Both appear to be capacitive, in keeping with HTC's design ethos. 

The device will feature some standard Android UI elements, including the sharing menu (pictured above). The new device will feature photography heavily, and may possibly be the first fruits of Facebook's $1 billion purchase of Instagram. 9to5Google stress the "focus on full-screen photography," which may be one of the best selling points for the phone. Flickr, the previous photo sharing behemoth, has lost an awful lot of relevancy to apps like Instagram and services such as Facebook. 

Engadget notes that the First will come in a variety of colours, including red, white and blue. 

Regarding specs, the First is expected to include 1GB of RAM coupled with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960. Camera-wise, the First will feature a 5 megapixel rear censor, which may displease those who wish to leverage the full capabilities and photo sharing options. For Skype and selfies, the First includes 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera. The display will be 4.3-inch, and will have a resolution of 720p. The phone will reportedly run Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), with a Sense 4.5 skin, and a Facebook skin. 

Facebook is set to hold their event on Thursday the 4th of April. 

Source: 9to5Google, Engadget

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So its just FB modifications on top of Sense modified Jelly Bean?
Looks like it will trickle down other HTC phones but not so easy for the non-Sense phones.

"Full-screen photography"?
I suppose theres a camera app in G Play that does that.

Well, I like the hardware's minimal design.
Would be nice to just root it and install Cyanogenmod

With the amount of kids on Facebook and with the amount of posts people make, I wouldnt be surprised if this does decent to good.

The phone will reportedly run Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), with a Sense 4.5 skin.

I love tech noobs. Sense isn't a skin - it's a framework. A skin is something that sits on top of something else. Sense is baked in. It's a framework. It's almost as much as a customized Android device with access to the Play Store.

There is a reason why these devices don't gt updated right away. If it were a skin like I wish it were, it would be updated right away.

Wait, this IS an iphone 3G....look at the volume and power button locations...its like FB is trying to get sued over this.

The shape of it, including the positions of the hardware buttons and circular home button look awfully like an iPhone with a bumper on it, and the back button looks exactly like the Windows Phone. Oddly, I don't see an ear-slit for hearing at the top of the glass like every other phone.

I would be surprised if it really only had a 5 MP camera, unless there is something special about it akin to the HTC One's 4 MP camera. Otherwise it's going to be hard to pitch as a good picture phone compared to the Lumia 920, SG3/4 or any recent iPhone.

I will be surprised if Apple does not sue over this phone.

pickypg said,
The shape of it, including the positions of the hardware buttons and circular home button look awfully like an iPhone with a bumper on it, and the back button looks exactly like the Windows Phone.
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I will be surprised if Apple does not sue over this phone.

Yeah, HAS to be an early mockup...pre Samsung v Apple. ROUNDED CORNERS!! lol.

THE_OBSERVER said,
`More interesting in the amount data mining that happens on this phone. What information will be passed back to facebook.

The same information Google gets from Android users, but now its a problem?

Shadowzz said,

The same information Google gets from Android users, but now its a problem?

I guess it is up to you... Personally I use Gmail just as a secondary email account for junk mail; FB is something I have never used and never will...

Thinking it could be more than what Google gets. FB wants you to share more content on there site to make more money, so im thinking the phone will push to have more FB online features.

ACTIONpack said,
So this is just an Android phone with it's own shell. What's the point?

This is exactly what Android's openess was supposed to allow. Look at the Kindle Fire and all the other OEM's own versions of Android. This is by design. There is a point.

So a custom FB skin is now a FB phone? Sure it might be a more visual way to access fb and all that but it's still really the same as a app. Is FB going to market this like crazy or offer it as a skin anyone can add to their android phone?