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CNET News Video: HTC is 'First' with new Facebook phone

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CNET News Video: HTC is 'First' with new Facebook phone

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HTC CEO Peter Chou shows off the first smartphone to be available with Facebook's new "Home" UI: the HTC First. The device will be available on April 12 for $99.99 on AT&T.

So, today, I am proud to introduce the HTC First. So, we are excited, the HTC First, because there's a great opportunity to bring global and social together, even more closer. And the HTC First is alternate social phone because it also combined the new Facebook home and great HTC design. And it would give you the best Facebook experience. It is the only phone that has Facebook home preloaded and were optimized. That means you are going to have unique experiences like notification for your e-mails, [unk] and updates right on your Facebook home. We are also excited to announce that HTC First will have four colors. -Think of the HTC First as the canvass on which the Facebook experience right and it's simple and is elegant. It's not designed to be the big phone but a phone that is good to you. And I tell you, I have been-- I used a lot of phones and I think this phone is the most [unk] engagement that I've ever seen. You saw the article this morning on the Wall Street Journal over 20% of people are really engaged in Facebook way off the chart. I don't know what these numbers gonna do, Mark, but it's absolutely elevated. Now, what I like about the HTC First is of course, if you would expect, an LTE device. So, it rides on AT&T's 4G LTE network which I'm proud to tell you is the fastest 4G LTE network in the country. If you don't believe me, go look at RootMetrics. Last month, they declared when they surveyed all the carriers that AT&T's 4G LTE network was the fastest pure download of any carrier that they tested. So, we're thrilled to have this opportunity to bring that vision and work first outline [unk] and I don't-- it took a lot of people in this room to bring it above but I think you've done an exceedingly great, great job at it. So, you're now wondering, okay, when is it gonna be available? Well, it's gonna be available on April the 12th for a great price of $99.99 exclusively at AT&T. And so, this is fantastic, yes.

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