HTC’s First won’t compete on hardware, but does that matter to Facebook users?


We weren’t expecting HTC’s First to be a barn burner in terms of hardware specs, and by all accounts it’s not. As today’s Facebook presentation made abundantly clear though, hardware isn’t the focus here. Rather than trumpeting what a phone is capable of under the hood, both companies are riding Facebook Home, the social network’s newest and “best” mobile experience, as a means to hook consumers.

Moreso than any handset in recent memory, the HTC First is a minimalistic shell meant to showcase the software users will be interacting with. You’re not supposed to be concerned with its innards. HTC CEO Peter Chou’s time on stage illustrated that perfectly; he didn’t say a word about the First’s screen resolution, nor did he have anything to…

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