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HTC launches Metaverse phone with built-in $400 cryptocurrency and NFT wallet

The Metaverse is one of the most popular topics in the modern world. That is why large companies are starting to develop gadgets with the ability to work with the metaverse. We will talk about one of the new products in this article.

HTC has unveiled the Desire 22 Pro as its first smartphone to build on the Viverse platform, which is HTC’s own metaverse. It is a consumer electronics company. Through HTC Desire 22 Pro, you can handle and acess the contents of the metaverse, including cryptocurrency and NFT, and “create your own virtual space” by purchasing NFT in the digital market using the Viverse app.

The device comes pre-installed with a number of Viverse-related applications. The device efficiently run 3D and 2D content on augmented reality (XR) devices.

A complete unique user experience

The Desire 22 Pro has crypto wallet for Polygon-based and Ethereum assets such as previous HTC “cryptophones”. Viverse Wallet will help you manage digital assets, including NFTs.

The main feature of the device is compatibility with the HTC VR ecosystem — the Viverse metaverse and Vive Flow glasses. You can now stream content from your smartphone to the HTC Vive Flow virtual reality headset.

The screencast will allow you to enter mobile applications with glasses and watch videos in a virtual cinema. A discount is provided with Flow.

Let’s take a look on some of the aspects of the phone’s metaverse functionality:

  • Easy access to Viverse for digital assets trading .
  • Easy creation of VIVE avatars with support for standard full-body VRM avatars. In many Viverse-related services, such customized virutal avatars can be employed.
  • Securely manage and store  your personal digital assets with VIVE Wallet.
  • Full integration with VIVE Flow virtual reality glasses through the VIVE app.

Design and display

The Desire 22 Pro has a notch on the left edg, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and a  a thick bottom bezel. On the back is a vertical triple camera with LED flash. It complies with the IP67 standard.

The device is equipped with 

  • 1080×2412 pixels LCD display with a 6.6-inch Full-HD+. 
  • It comes with  a frequency of 120Hz, 
  • , 400ppi pixel density, Corning Gorilla Glass protection and 20:9 aspect ratio.

HTC Desire 22 Pro comes in gold and black colors. At the rear, the Desire 22 Pro has a 64MP (f/1.79) main camera, a 13MP (f/2.4) ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 5MP (f/2.4) depth sensor. On the front, there is a 32-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture.

Device powered by Snapdragon 695 SoC

The Desire 22 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 695 processor paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The device boots Android 12 OS and is powered by a 4520mAh battery that supports 18W wired and wireless charging, as well as reverse wireless charging. Connectivity options include 5G, dual SIM, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, NFC, and a Type-C port.

Sales in Taiwan will start on July 1st through online and offline channels, and EU customers can pre-order now to receive the phone from August 1st and gifts such as a shockproof case, wireless charger, and an exclusive NFT that can be used in the app viverse. The recommended price of the phone is NT$11,990 (about $400 at current exchange rates).

The popularity of the metaverse

Already, almost all major technology companies, one by one, declare that they are starting to develop their own metaverses, software, or hardware for them. Investors are analyzing what is worth investing in now, and what areas will have to wait. And even the latest major mergers and acquisitions have not bypassed this topic: the beginning of 2022 was marked by the purchase of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft, one of the largest and oldest developers of computer games. By the way, not only the usual functions like buying a house or choosing clothes will be available in the metaverse – but in the future it will also be possible to place bets and play in the casino. While this feature is in development, you can visit the sports betting site.

The key moment in the history of the metaverse as a full-fledged investment and business idea can be considered Mark Zuckerberg’s loud renaming of his Facebook company to Meta Platforms, which took place in October 2021. It was then that the general public became acquainted with the term “metaverse”. Meta’s online virtual reality game Horizon Worlds is now available to users in the US and Canada.

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