Here’s everything you need to know about HTC’s upcoming metaverse smartphone – Technology News, Firstpost
FP StaffJune 13, 2022 15:36:52 IST
There was a time when HTC made some of the best Android smartphones and competed against some of the biggest names in the industry. Samsung, Sony, OnePlus, Motorola – HTC had some great products that made them a really competitive brand.
However, a few years ago, the Taiwanese company more or less disappeared from the smartphone market. In India, HTC’s devices were especially popular among the tech community, mainly because they offered some of the best hardware along with a clean Android experience. HTC lost ground and sold much of its smartphone business to Google in 2017-18.
They are all set to make a comeback this month with their upcoming handset, which they will be announcing on June 28.
HTC is making its comeback with a new phone dedicated to the metaverse and has decided to call it the Viverse.
Other than the date of the announcement, not much information is available. HTC announced its Viverse brand in March 2022 to mark its ambitions for the metaverse. To achieve that, the way forward for HTC is to launch a diverse product line based on the concepts of web3 and the metaverse itself.
A few years ago, HTC had tried something similar when they launched the HTC Exodus and HTC Exodus 1s. These were some of the first smartphones to support blockchain technology and were designed as a digital wallet that would carry Bitcoin and other forms of cryptocurrency.
But because Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies weren’t nearly as popular then as they are now, the niche focus of building a smartphone solely around crypto has never really taken off.
Now with the metaverse on the horizon, for better or for worse, HTC wants to give its lofty smartphone aspirations another chance. HTC’s metaverse phone was set to debut in April, but COVID-19 outbreaks in Taiwan forced HTC to delay the unveiling.
Not much is known about the specs of the upcoming HTC Viverse, but what we do know is that the new smartphone will be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 series chipset. It also supports HTC Vive AR and VR headsets