HTC’s “metaverse” smartphone has finally been announced. Surprisingly, the company’s device is of the mid-range variety and sports the oh-so-familiar ‘Desire’ brand.
Specs-wise, the Desire 22 Pro sports a 6.6-inch 1080 x 2412-pixel resolution display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Additionally, it comes with Android 12, a Snapdragon 695 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You can also expect a 64-megapixel primary shooter, 13-megapixel ultrawide angle and a 5-megapixel shooter for depth. This handset is powered by a 4,520mAh battery.
— HTC (@htc) June 28, 2022
While HTC is calling this a metaverse phone, it seems to be mostly for branding purposes.
This is what HTC says about the device:
Unlock endless possibilities with optimized performance and connectivity to 5G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, which make virtual navigation fast and easy. Visit metaverse communities in VIVERSE using your browser or pair Desire 22 pro with VIVE Flow to explore them in VR. With screen casting, you can access your mobile apps while immersed and stream media in a private cinema experience.
Enjoy a rich view of the metaverse even without a VR headset using VIVERSE, your gateway to cross-platform collaborations, virtual events, entertainment, and more.
HTC’s Vive Flow virtual reality headset is designed to work with any Android phone, so it’s really unclear how this phone is any bit more useful than other devices.
How the mighty have fallen. HTC was once a brand for top-of-the-line smartphones that provide great experiences. Recently, the company released these random buzzword devices. Previously, the company launched the Exodus 1 and Exodus 1S blockchain smartphones that gained no traction for the Taiwanese tech makers, and this will likely make no difference.