The metaverse is constantly evolving and the latest participants in this world are metaverses or cryptophones. HTC’s metaverse phone entry Desire 22 Pro, a follow-up to last year’s HTC Desire 21 Pro, and blockchain company Solana’s upcoming crypto Saga, in collaboration with Osom, a leading Android development company, may change the rules of the game in technology. .
The HTC Desire 22 Pro is speculated to launch in India around September 30, 2022, with a starting price of around Rs 30,530. Solana Labs announced the launch of its Web 3 Saga smartphone, which will be available in 2023, at an event last week in New York City.
Considering the new releases, will this be the time for the iPhone in the world of the metaverse? How will the metaverse phones affect the world? The answers to some of these questions are still difficult to give. Meanwhile, we tell you what they offer.
What is a metaverse phone?
A metaverse phone is a next generation device that combines the security of a crypto hardware wallet with the ease of use of a smartphone to provide a highly secure crypto device.
Through a metaverse phone, users can easily access the metaverse community through the mobile browser. Users can also experience live music and video content and seamlessly switch between realities.
“The Metaverse is still in an evolutionary phase and everyone is trying to figure out the right device that will help make the Metaverse consumable by a broader audience. Obviously, a phone is the perfect choice, since the user does not need to buy anything new to explore the Metaverse. The biggest advantage is that it can make the Metaverse accessible to more people, and depending on the device specifications, it can make it easier to consume content on the Metaverse,” says Piyush Gupta, president of Kestone, a digital marketing company.
HTC Desire 22 Pro Features
The approach of HTC’s Desire 22 Pro is similar to that of its previous blockchain-powered smartphone, the Exodus 1, which launched in 2018 and was followed by the more affordable Exodus 1S the following year.
HTC Desire 22 Pro comes with a preloaded VIVERSE app that helps you navigate the metaverse and manage your cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Users can browse and trade in the VIVE Market, put cryptocurrencies on the Ethereum and Polygon chains into the VIVE Wallet, and invite their friends to the world of the metaverse as guests, according to details on HTC’s website.
The VIVERSE platform combines VR, AR, AI and blockchain, with 5G being a key component. Desire 22 pro is also the best partner of VIVE Flow immersive virtual reality glasses. It’s easy to connect, pair up and experience the metaverse community at VIVERSE.
The HTC Desire 22 Pro, like previous HTC crypto phones, has a built-in crypto wallet for Ethereum and Polygon-based assets. It’s trying to combine its blockchain phone credentials with its VR product line with the Desire 22 Pro.
The HTC Desire 22 Pro is a mid-range smartphone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G octa-core processor, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space.
Characteristics of the Solana Saga
The Saga smartphone, which will run Google’s Android operating system, will be priced at around $1,000 (approximately Rs 78,300) and pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, a 6.67-inch OLED screen, 12GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal storage, according to a Solana blog post.
A Saga Pass, an NFT that comes with the initial wave of Saga devices and the first ticket to influence the future of the platform, may be offered to pre-orders, the blog post added.
The phone will also support decentralized applications based on the Solana blockchain. Saga and Solana’s new software efforts have received support from NFT marketplace Magic Eden, wallet maker Solana Phantom, and cryptocurrency exchange Orca.
Will these phones work for the masses?
Consumers demand an experience optimized for mobile devices. Smartphones will appeal to a niche audience with their blockchain and metaverse features. “The concept of a Metaverse phone is cool and futuristic and it will be very interesting to experience the phone to explore its features. But it may not work for the masses. Whether it works in the Indian market depends on who the product’s target audience is. If it’s the premium segment, who are early adopters and those looking to try something new, it can work. Also, it could find traction in the B2B space, which already uses AR/VR devices to solve problems,” adds Gupta.
With high tech and cost phones going, it will be interesting to see how these new age smartphones perform in the Indian market as Indian smartphone consumers are concerned with both features and price.