Not everyone remembers the last time they wore a htc smartphone, as the brand has been overshadowed by Samsung, Google and OnePlus. However, HTC is planning an exciting return to the smartphone market with a new phone to be announced on June 28.
HTC shared a tweet on Thursday, June 9, teasing a new phone dedicated to the metaverse, specifically, HTC’s own “Viverse.” The official teaser poster shows the shape of the phone with rings extending further back from the screen like eternal mirrors.
Aside from the announcement date, there isn’t much information to go on. As mentioned above, what’s really interesting will be the phone’s apparent metaverse connection. HTC announced its Viverse brand in March 2022 as a way to market its metaverse ambitions. While much of the metaverse talk revolves around Facebook’s parent company, Meta, HTC clearly wants its own slice of the metaverse pie. And, it seems, part of that mission includes the launch of a metaverse smartphone.
— HTC (@htc) June 9, 2022
A few years ago, long before “metaverse” became the buzzword it is today, HTC tried something similar with the launch of the HTC Exodus and HTC Exodus 1s. As some of the first smartphones to support blockchain technology, each version was designed as a digital wallet that would carry Bitcoin and other forms of cryptocurrency. Unsurprisingly, the niche approach of building a smartphone solely around crypto never really took off.
Now, with the metaverse on the horizon, for better or worse, HTC wants to give its lofty smartphone ambitions another shot. HTC’s metaverse phone was supposed to debut in April, but COVID-19 outbreaks in Taiwan forced HTC to delay its reveal.