Though details on HTC’s new metaverse-centric phone are few and far between, it’s a fair assumption that HTC’s leadership in AR and VR tech will play a key role in its functionality. The company’s bet big on AR and VR tech over the past few years, as evidenced by devices ranging back to the company’s first consumer release: The original HTC Vive. Earlier this year, the company also launched the HTC Vive Wrist Tracker — a tool that was designed to be paired with the VR headset Vive Focus 3.
Interestingly, this is not the first time we have heard rumors of HTC making a possible international comeback. HTC also tried its luck with the Exodus One — a blockchain-focused phone that was designed with cryptocurrency and blockchain-connected software in mind (still based on Android, though, of course). Back in October 2019, we published a report in which we talked about rumors of the company’s plans to launch a new high-end smartphone. But then, in 2020, the pandemic hit, and the company’s plans failed to materialize.
As for the new smartphone under the HTC Viverse initiative, we still do not know if the device will be a technology concept or something tangible that will go on sale right after the official announcement on June 28. In any case, this device will need to be far more interesting than a standard Android phone if consumers are going to be convinced to jump back on board the HTC bandwagon after such a prolonged absence from the smartphone market in general.