The metaverse is constantly evolving and the latest entrants into this world are metaverse or crypto phones. The entry of HTC’s metaverse phone, Desire 22 Pro, a follow-up to last year’s HTC Desire 21 Pro, and blockchain company Solana’s upcoming Saga cryptophone, in collaboration with Osom, a leading Android development company, can be a game changer in technology.
The HTC Desire 22 Pro is expected to be released in India around September 30, 2022, with a starting price of around Rs 30,530. Solana Labs announced the launch of its Web 3 smartphone saga, which will be available in 2023, during an event last week in New York.
Given the new launches, is this going to be the iPhone moment of the metaverse world? How will metaverse phones impact the world? The answers to some of these questions are still difficult to give. In the meantime, 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 user-friendliness of a smartphone to provide a highly secure crypto gadget.
With a metaverse phone, users can easily access the metaverse community through a mobile browser. Users can also experience live music and video content and switch between realities seamlessly.
“The Metaverse is still in an evolving phase and everyone is trying to find the right device that will help make the Metaverse consumable by a wider audience. A phone is obviously the perfect choice as the user does not need to buy anything new to explore the metaverse. The biggest benefit is that it can make the Metaverse accessible to more people and, depending on the device specifications, 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
HTC Desire 22 Pro’s approach is similar to its previous blockchain-powered smartphone, the Exodus 1, which was released 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 on the VIVE marketplace, place cryptocurrencies on the Ethereum and Polygon chains in the VIVE wallet, and invite their friends to the metaverse world as guests, according to details on HTC’s website.
The VIVERSE platform combines VR, AR, AI and blockchain, with 5G being a key element. Desire 22 pro is also the best partner of VIVE Flow immersive VR glasses. It’s easy to connect, pair, and discover the metaverse community in VIVERSE.
The HTC Desire 22 Pro, like previous HTC crypto phones, has a built-in crypto wallet for Ethereum and Polygon-based assets. It attempts to combine its blockchain phone credentials with its line of VR products with the Desire 22 Pro.
HTC Desire 22 Pro is a mid-range smartphone powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G octa-core processor, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space.
Features of Solana’s Saga
According to a Solana blog.
A Saga Pass, an NFT bundled with the first wave of Saga devices and the first ticket to influence the future of the platform, can be offered for pre-orders, the blog 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 a mobile-friendly experience. 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 the target audience If it’s the premium segment, who are early adopters and those looking to try something new, it may work. Also, it might find traction in the B2B space, which is already using devices AR/VR to solve problems,” adds Gupta.
With the phones being both tech-rich and cost-rich, it will be interesting to see how these new-era smartphones perform in the Indian market, given that Indian smartphone consumers are concerned about features and price.