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Facebook Home ‘HTC first’ phone render hits the web; real or fake?

A purported image of the upcoming HTC Facebook phone - dubbed as "HTC first" - has hit the web a couple of days before the special Facebook Android event.
April 2, 2013

With a couple of days to go until Facebook officially unveils its “new home for Android,” we continue to see a variety of reports detailing the social network’s new mobile initiative, with the latest one including what looks like the first render of HTC’s upcoming Facebook phone.

Dubbed as the “HTC first,” the device above may be showing us the real deal, but it may just as well be a fake meant to attract some attention before the big day. However, it’s worth pointing out that the image comes that the often-reliable @evleaks Twitter account that provided countless pictures of upcoming mobile devices in the past, ahead of their actual announcement.

The HTC first is known by another name from previous rumors, HTC Myst, and it’s reportedly going to be a 4.3-inch device that will feature a 720p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE (support for AT&T bands,) 5-megapixel camera, 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and Sense UI 4.5 on top which will include the new Facebook Home.


Earlier today we showed you a report that detailed how the Facebook Home environment would look and feel like on top of Android, although a full demo of Facebook Home is not available at this time. We’ll have to wait for the special event on Thursday for Zuckerberg and Co. to fully showcase the Facebook-based user interface that could transform your phone’s Android experience in the future.

As for the image above, it’s too early to tell you if it’s real or not. The HTC first does look like an iPhone, just like previous reports said it would, complete with what seems to be a circular button flanked by two other capacitive buttons. It also has the on/off button on the top right side, while the volume controls are placed on the left side.

Like always with such renders, hang on to that grain of salt as we wait for official press images of the device.

Would you be interested in such an Android smartphone?