HTC Desire 22 Pro made for the Metaverse

HTC Desire 22 Pro: Taiwanese tech giant HTC has launched a new budget smartphone to provide users with a gateway to the Metaverse.

HTC has introduced its flagship model, the Desire 22 Pro, which is a handset that brings several metaverse-focused features combined with standard mid-range smartphone experiences.

As HTC points out, this compact high-tech smartphone is “the phone to carry you into the future.” The tech giant promises to empower its customers with a new dimension to how they live, work, and play and to provide them with a highly secure cryptographic gadget.

The Desire 22 Pro is a “crypto phone,” and it has an integrated crypto wallet for Ethereum – and Polygon-based assets. HTC attempts to combine its blockchain phone credentials with its VR product line with the Desire 22 Pro.

Designed for immersive experiences in a world where the physical, digital, and virtual interconnect – and with the capacity to run 2D and 3D content on extended reality (XR) devices. 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 screencasting, you can access your mobile apps while immersed and stream media in a private cinema experience,” HTC notes.

Huang Zhaoying, General Manager of the company’s Asia-Pacific region, said, “HTC Desire 22 pro can be said to be the first step for mobile phones combined with Metaverse applications to enter the global mass consumer market“. Liu Sitai, Vice President of Qualcomm, a global chip design company, noted that “Qualcomm Technologies is very pleased to see HTC’s development in the Metaverse. With the launch of the HTC Desire 22 Pro, The Snapdragon 695 5G mobile platform enables immersive gaming, high-end shooting, and increased productivity. In addition, the VIVE Flow VR glasses with the Snapdragon XR1 platform make it easier for users to connect and pair. We look forward to providing this together with HTC, The best immersive experience for consumers and help accelerate the landing of the Metaverse ecosystem in Taiwan“.

A gateway to Metaverse

HTC Viverse is the premier virtual reality (VR) platform and ecosystem that creates true-to-life VR experiences for businesses and consumers. The Viverse ecosystem is built around premium VR hardware, software, and content. Recently, HTC has announced Vive Flow, a new headset designed for entertainment and wellness and is used to access Viverse.

Now, the tech giant introduces the Desire 22 Pro which is presented as the “perfect companion” to the Vive Flow VR headset. HTC’s Taiwanese site is advertising that the new flagship model includes a digital wallet to manage crypto assets and that the phone comes with a free NFT.

The Desire 22 Pro has already been launched in Taiwan, and it is expected in various global markets, such as the UK, in August, with a starting price of around £399 depending on the country.

Treat your eyes to a spectacle of delight on a generous 6.6″ display. Desire 22 pro’s crisp 1080 x 2412 resolution and smooth 120 Hz refresh rate present your favorite images, videos, and games in stunning clarity. 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,” the tech giant says, describing its new model.

HTC Desire 22 Pro’s specs

The Desire 22 Pro is out of comparison with the Desire 20 Pro, which was the previous model presented by HTC. The new flagship model comes with a 6.6-inch 1080p display with a high 120Hz refresh rate and a 32-megapixel selfie camera. Around the back, there are three rear cameras, a 64-megapixel main camera, a 13-megapixel ultrawide, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor.

The smartphone has a Snapdragon 695 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 4,520mAh battery. The Desire 22 Pro comes in either black or gold, and it supports wireless and reverse wireless charging, runs Android 12, and has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance.

George Mavridis is a freelance journalist and writer based in Greece. His work primarily covers tech, innovation, social media, digital communication, and politics. He graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication. Also, he holds an MA in Media and Communication Studies from the Malmö University of Sweden and an MA in Digital Humanities from the Linnaeus University of Sweden.