HTC’s New Metaverse Phone Includes Crypto and NFT Wallet
Smartphone maker HTC has launched its first “Viverse” phone, designed to be compatible with its metaverse platform and incorporating crypto and NFT functionality.
HTC Desire 22 Pro comes preloaded with apps that let you access and manage the content of your metaverse, including crypto and NFTs, from your phone. A Vivese app also allows you to buy NFTs on a digital marketplace and “create your own virtual space,” according to an ad.
Just like HTC’s previous “cryptophones”, the Desire 22 Pro also comes with a built-in crypto wallet for Ethereal Y Polygonassets based on
The device is optimized to work alongside HTC’s lightweight Vive Flow VR headset, with HDCP 2.2 connectivity allowing you to wirelessly mirror content to the VR headset, while a Vive Manager app also lets you set up and manage your VR hardware.
The smartphone “opens up new immersive experiences as the perfect partner for VIVE Flow, whether meeting with colleagues in virtual reality or enjoying your own private cinema on the go,” Shen Ye, global product manager at HTC, said in a statement. statement accompanying the announcement. .
Billed as a “mighty mid-range device,” the HTC Desire 22 Pro won’t challenge the top tier of iPhones and Android devices.
It has a 6.6-inch Gorilla Glass display with a resolution of 1080 x 2412 pixels and a 120Hz refresh rate, while under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G and 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage.
Keeping the device going is a 4,520mAh battery with fast charging and Qi wireless charging functionality.
Like all modern smartphones, there’s also a set of cameras to shoot with; In the case of the Desire 22 Pro, you get a 64-megapixel (f/1.79) main camera, a 13-megapixel (f/2.4) ultra-wide lens, and a 5-megapixel (f/2.4) depth-sensing camera, along with with a front camera of 32 megapixels (f / 2.0) for selfies.
For shooting video, there’s also image stabilization, night mode, and 120fps slow-motion capture.
HTC and cryptophones
HTC was one of the early adopters of cryptographic technology.
Back in 2018, it produced the Exodus 1 smartphone with a built-in crypto hardware wallet and the ability to run a full Bitcoin node.
The smaller Exodus 1s soon followed; at the time of its launch, the company’s “decentralized director” Phil Chen said decipher that, “in five years it will be trivial to have a Bitcoin node or other blockchain nodes stored on your phone.”
Three years later, we have not yet reached that point; but rival manufacturer Samsung has included a secure element for storing cryptographic private keys on its devices for some time now.
HTC has lost ground to those smartphone rivals in recent years, focusing instead on its Vive virtual reality headset.
With the Desire 22 Pro, it’s trying to marry its blockchain phone credentials to its VR product line and claim the first metaverse smartphone. But with rival Apple reportedly prepping an AR/VR headset for launch next year, HTC’s window of opportunity is shrinking by the day.
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