Hardware news HTC is testing its big comeback in the smartphone market with the Desire 22 pro, a model that has returned to the metaverse
While it has struggled in the smartphone market in recent years, manufacturer HTC is trying to bring back the HTC Desire 22 pro, an Android 12 terminal presented as the ideal companion for the HTC Vive Flow VR headset.
In the late 2010s, HTC experienced dark days in smartphone sales, to the point that it had to lay off 25% of its workers by 2018. mobile terminals from the Taiwanese manufacturer. Since then, HTC has recovered, especially in terms of virtual realityand the company felt confident enough to return to the smartphone market with a new model.
Recently made official, the HTC Desire 22 pro presented as “a mid-range, high-powered Android 12 5G smartphone” by its founder. A suggestion that should face much more competition than ever before. So, to stand out, HTC intends to give a “metaverse” touch to its terminal.
What are the features for HTC Desire 22 pro?
Some information, first of all, on the technical aspect of this 5G smartphone. We know that the device is equipped in such a way:
- A 6.6-inch screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a definition of 1080 x 2412 pixels,
- A Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G SoC,
- 8 GB of RAM,
- 128 GB storage,
- A key feature of the photograph consists of a 64-megapixel (f/1.79) sensor, a 13-megapixel (f/2.4) ultra-wide camera and a 5-megapixel depth-sensing camera (f/ 2.4),
- A 32 megapixel sensor (f / 2.0) for selfies,
- A 4520 mAh battery with fast charging, wireless charging and reverse charging,
- A fingerprint sensor is on its power button,
- An IP67 certification,
- A Gorilla Glass coating.
In addition to these pure technical characteristics, there are a few other points that are important to emphasize.
The HTC Desire 22 pro is presented by its manufacturer as a partner of choice to join VIVE Flowa virtual reality headset that we tested recently and which did not convince us for many reasons. This helmet needs to be paired with a smartphone to work and for HTC, its new terminal is great.
“The HTC Desire 22 pro has HDCP 2.2, which allows you to wirelessly stream content from platforms like Twitch, Disney + and Netflix directly to VIVE Flow and enjoy a cinematic experience, even when you’re on at home, on your sofa, or on an airplane », definition of the builderwho added that his smartphone “The power of VIVE Flow, as well as other devices with reverse charging, can be effortless, as you explore new worlds of VR or enjoy the latest movies and TV shows.” With a 4520 mAh battery, we were still asked to see how long the smartphone could last without a full discharge in such use.
But that’s not all: to keep up with the momentum of Web 3.0, the HTC Desire 22 pro serves as an option keeper for cryptocurrency wallets. The terminal includes cryptowallet functionality, “so you can keep your Ethereum and Polygon based cryptocurrencies with confidence”summarizes HTC. There’s Vive Wallet for that, as is the Viverse app : “Buy digital assets like NFTs on the market, and create your own virtual space in a new world”manufacturer details.
In such a description, we understand who HTC is responding to with this new 5G smartphone. A positioning that we can judge risky to mark a return may not be as much anticipated as the manufacturer in the mobile terminals market.
HTC Desire 22 pro, price and availability
So far, HTC has not provided details about the availability of the HTC Desire 22 pro in France, but it has announced. a pre-order period on HTC.com from August 1 to 14. It may be possible to get it with a 15% discount, in relation to Vive Flow. Only the smartphone will be offered at the price of 449 euros on the site of the manufacturer and of various associated vendors not disclosed.