Smartphone manufacturer HTC has launched its first “Viverse” phone, designed to be compatible with its metaverse platform and the inclusion of crypto and NFT functionality.
HTC Desire 22 Pro comes with apps pre-installed that allow you to access and manage your metaverse content, including crypto and NFTs, from the phone. A Viverse app also allows you to buy NFTs on a digital marketplace and “create your own virtual space,” according to an announcement.
The device is optimized to work with HTC’s lightweight Vive Flow VR headset, with HDCP 2.2 connectivity that allows you to wirelessly mirror content to the VR headset, while a Vive Manager app also allows you to set up your VR hardware and to manage.
The smartphone “opens up new immersive experiences as the perfect partner for VIVE Flow — whether it’s meeting colleagues in VR, or enjoying your own private cinema wherever you are,” said Shen Ye, Global Head of Product at HTC. , in a statement accompanying the announcement .
Billed as a “powerful mid-range device,” the HTC Desire 22 Pro will not challenge the top end of iPhones and Android devices.
It has a 6.6-inch Gorilla Glass display with a resolution of 1080 x 2412 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, while under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G and 8 GB of RAM with 128 GB of storage.
The device keeps ticking by a battery of 4,520 mAh with fast charging and Qi wireless charging.
Like all modern smartphones, there is also a range of cameras to click away; in the case of the Desire 22 Pro you get a 64-megapixel main camera (f/1.79), a 13-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens (f/2.4) and a 5-megapixel depth sensor (f/2.4), along with a 32-megapixel camera on the front (f/2.0) for selfies.
For video shooting, there’s also image stabilization, night mode, and 120 fps slow-motion recording.
HTC and cryptophones
HTC was an early adopter of crypto technology.
Already in 2018 it produced the Exodus 1 smartphone with a built-in crypto hardware wallet and the ability to buy a full Bitcoin node.
The smaller one Exodus 1s soon followed; at the time of the launch, Phil Chen, the company’s “chief decentralized officer,” told decode that “five years from now it will be trivial to have a Bitcoin node or other blockchain nodes stored on your phone.”
Three years later, we’re not quite there yet; but rival manufacturer Samsung has had a secure element for storing crypto private keys on its devices for quite some time now.
HTC has ceded ground to those smartphone rivals in recent years, focusing instead on its Vive virtual reality headsets.
With the Desire 22 Pro, it tries to combine its blockchain phone credentials with its VR product line and claims to be the first metaverse smartphone. But with rival Apple reportedly preparing an AR/VR headset for release next yearHTC’s chance is getting smaller by the day.
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