HTC has announced a smartphone designed to connect to the company’s version of metaverse – the Viverse. This Android 12-based phone is called Desire 22 Pro.
But don’t expect it to be a top-tier device. Desire 22 Pro is a solid mid-ranger. It packs Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC, which contains eight Kryo 660 cores clocked at up to 2.2 GHz, an Adreno 619 graphics accelerator and a Snapdragon X51 5G modem. It also contains 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage, expandable via MicroSD card.
The display is a 6.6″ FullHD+ LCD panel (2412×1080 pixels), protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, and supporting a 120 Hz refresh rate. The 32-megapixel selfie camera is located in a punch hole on the upper left corner of the screen. While triple rear camera combines 64 MP wide, 13 MP Ultrawide and 5 MP depth-sensing modules.
There is also a side fingerprint scanner and IP67 splash and dust resistance. Its dimensions are: 166.3×76.9×9.4 mm, and weight is 205.5g. Connectivity-wise it supports 5G SA/NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou/Galileo, USB Type-C, and NFC.
There is also a 4520 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 technology (up to 18 W), wireless charging and reverse wireless charging (Qi compatible).
But the main feature of the new smartphone is a set of additional apps: Viverse to enter the metaverse, Vive Avatar to create avatars and Vive Wallet to manage virtual assets.
Is Desire 22 Pro worth €380 ($400), which HTC asks for it, you can find out on August 1, when the first shipments will start. And if you’re living in the UK, you can preorder it now in Midnight Black or Gold colors.