A few days ago we reported the rumored specifications of the upcoming HTC First. The specs are now official, and they’re pretty much as we expected:
- Qualcomm dual core 1.4Ghz CPU
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 16GB storage
- 1GB RAM
- Radio bands: 850/900/1800/1900/2100 MHz
- 2000mAh battery
- 5 MP rear-facing, 1.6 MP front-facing camera
- NFC, Wifi and Bluetooth
- Available in black, white, blue or red.
US carrier AT&T is currently the only confirmed carrier of the device, with pre-orders shipping on the 10th of April. With direct references to global availability made by Zuckerberg, there’s little doubt we’ll eventually see it come to Australia.
In the hopes of finding out when we’ll see a local release, we reached out to the major carriers as well as HTC’s PR company, who reiterated that AT&T are the only carrier who have availability of the device.
Optus and Virgin didn’t have any information to share, and Vodafone’s response was the most promising:
We’re always open to ranging new devices. We haven’t seen the device or had any meaningful conversations about ranging the HTC First, so we don’t have much to say right now. If that changes, we’ll let you know.
Telstra is yet to respond.
The likelihood of the HTC First not coming to Australia is remote, though the question of whether a market exists for a Facebook-focused device remains.
Are you considering the HTC First for your next device? Let us know in the comments!