After its absence from the smartphone market that it once dominated, HTC is all set to make a comeback with a smartphone powered metaverse on June 28th. While the first decade and a half of the last century saw HTC go toe-to-toe in the competitive market battling the likes of Apple, Samsung, OnePlus and Xiaomi, the Taiwanese brand seems to have disappeared from the market.
However, the company has gained ground in the virtual reality sector which they call “Vive”. HTC offers a range of AR/VR headsets and accessories, ranging from $129 to $1,399. Now, it’s ready with a premium smartphone focused on virtual reality.
What we know about the phone so far
While not much is known about the phone aside from its launch date (June 28), what we can expect is for the company to bring its expertise in virtual reality technology and smartphones together in the new metaverse device.
HTC launched its own version of the metaverse called “Vivaverse” in March 2022. It defines Vivaverse as “a metaverse ecosystem that connects people from all walks of life with an open and accessible virtual world”. It aims to “connect individuals and communities across the metaverse to allow interactions in new virtual worlds using any device”. Hence, we can also expect the phone to support AR and VR headsets.
– HTC (@htc) June 9, 2022
To process high-quality multimedia content, HTC will most likely use the best chipsets from Qualcomm (Snapdragon 8 series) or MediaTek (Dimensity 9000 series).
The phone was initially scheduled to be released in April, but global supply chain issues and the Covid-19 outbreak are expected to slow manufacturing.
HTC in 2019 experimented with blockchain technology in the HTC Exodus and Exodus 1s. However, the series reportedly did not take off due to the lack of popularity of cryptocurrencies.
It is still unknown whether the phone will be available in the Indian market or not.
More details will follow the device’s launch on June 28.