HTC launches metaverse phone with Ethereum, Polygon support

HTC on Tuesday launched the “Desire 22 Pro” metaverse phone, which comes with a digital asset wallet and a virtual reality (VR) headset pairing feature, as part of the Taiwanese company’s Web3 expansion.

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Fast facts

  • HTC has preloaded its 6.6-inch phone with apps from its Viverse metaverse arm, giving users what it calls a rich metaverse experience without a VR headset.
  • With Viverse apps and Vive wallets built into the phone, users can create virtual avatars and manage crypto assets, including non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and cryptocurrencies on Ethereum and Polygon, the company said in a statement. Press release.
  • The 8GB RAM and 128GB storage device is priced at NT$11,990 (US$403) in Taiwan and £399 ($487) in the UKand will be available for purchase in Taiwan, Japan and Europe, according to the company.
  • HTC did not disclose the availability of its Metaverse phone in other regions, but a spokesperson said Forkast the company evaluates the distribution.
  • The consumer electronics company has focused on producing VR gear, with its latest phone release dating back to January 2021.
  • In 2017, Google bought a US$1.1 billion slice of HTC’s smartphone hardware business.
  • HTC is one of the first phone manufacturers to experiment with blockchain technology.

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