HTC is gearing up to launch a flagship Android smartphone next month. At MWC 2022, HTC Vive Asia-Pacific GM Charles Huang confirmed the news to Taiwan-based publication DigiTimes. The upcoming offering will be the first flagship from the brand since HTC U12 that debuted way back in 2018.
In 2018, HTC also sold a huge part of its smartphone business to Google. However, the company continued launching budget to mid-range Android devices in limited markets. HTC hasn’t divulged much information about its upcoming smartphone but it is said to come with ‘metaverse’ features.
HTC to launch a flagship phone next month
HTC Asia Pacific General Manager told DigiTimes that the brand will unveil a ‘metaverse phone’ in April. However, it remains to be seen what HTC means by ‘metaverse phone’. It’s likely that the device might come with AR and VR capabilities. The upcoming smartphone is expected to pack deep integration with HTC’s open-source metaverse platform called Viverse that was announced at MWC.
It promises to offer VR, XR, 5G, blockchain technology, NFT, and more into a new futuristic platform. To power, the smartphone’s AR and VR applications, it could come with top-of-the-line hardware.
In the past, Google and Samsung have tried to join the AR/VR bandwagon but failed at capitalising on the trend. This isn’t the first time HTC is releasing a smartphone with the latest trends. In 2018, the brand launched Exodus 1 or the CryptoPhone.
It offered decentralised apps and an inbuilt cryptocurrency wallet. The device was capable of running blockchain nodes and even mine certain amounts of cryptocurrency. However, the HTC Exodus 1 hardly found any buyers.
It remains to be seen what HTC’s upcoming ‘metaverse phone’ will offer out of the box and how it will compete against modern flagships in the smartphone market.