When you imagine a virtual world, you probably imagine an immersive VR rig ready player one† Not, you know, a regular smartphone.
However, HTC is looking to change this perception with the launch of the Metaverse-focused Desire 22 Pro smartphone, see Company launch page† This phone is a follow-up to last year’s Desire 21 Pro, and does have some interesting virtual-world-adjacent features.
First, the phone allows users to access HTC’s Metaverse ecosystem, the Viverse, without the need for a VR headset. In other words, you can view the VR community right from your phone’s browser, albeit with minimal integration details.
Speaking of headsets, HTC is also known for its Vive VR offering, which should integrate well with the Desire 22 Pro. In fact, the company calls the new phone the “perfect companion” to its Vive Flow VR glasses, but doesn’t explain exactly what that means, since the glasses are already paired with Android phones to access games and content.
As for specs related to the regular universe rather than the metaverse, that’s quite a mid-range entry. The phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G chip, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 4,520mAh battery with reverse wireless charging, and a 6.6-inch display.
The HTC Desire 22 Pro has three cameras on the rear, with a 65-megapixel main camera leading the way. For selfies, there is a 32-megapixel front-facing camera.
Launched on August 1st, the phone is a decent price at just $400.
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