HTC Desire 22 Pro: Metaverse-focused smartphone

The new mid-range smartphone Desire 22 Pro sees itself as a companion for the Vive Flow VR headset.

This week, HTC unveiled the HTC Desire 22 Pro, the successor to last year’s HTC Desire 21 Pro. HTC markets the Desire 22 Pro as the perfect companion for its in-house Vive Flow VR headset, which in turn gives users access to HTC’s version of the Metaverse, the Viverse.

Wallet features country specific only

What exactly sets the Desire 22 Pro apart from other Android smartphones that are also compatible with the Vive Flow is unclear. For example, the Desire 22 Pro can be connected to the headset wirelessly via HDCP 2.2. However, competing smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S22 or the Xiaomi 11 also offer this function. HTC provides a complete list of all compatible mobile devices here. In Taiwan, HTC is also promoting the Desire 22 Pro as a digital wallet for managing cryptocurrencies. There the smartphone is delivered with a free NFT. However, the phone’s wallet features vary by country. For example, in the UK, the Desire 22 Pro is not advertised with wallet options.

Mid-range equipment on board

The hardware equipment of the HTC Desire 22 Pro is average. The smartphone offers a 6.6-inch display with 1080p resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate. On the rear there is a triple camera setup with a 64-megapixel main lens, a 5-megapixel depth sensor and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera. The selfie camera on the front has a resolution of 32 megapixels. Also on board are the Snapdragon 695, eight gigabytes of RAM, 128 gigabytes of internal memory and a battery with 4,520 mAh. Android 12 is used as the mobile operating system. The Desire 22 Pro has only been announced for the UK so far. The smartphone costs 399 British pounds there and will be available from August 1, 2022. A launch date for Germany has not yet been set.

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