When it comes to flagship Android phones in the US, the options are pretty sparse. Samsung is easily leading the way, Google is trying to find its place, OnePlus seems a bit lost, and LG has already decided to move out of space. But we may be in store for a surprise, like a report from DigiTimes (via WinFuture) says HTC plans to unveil a new flagship smartphone in April.
But instead of focusing on other phone makers, HTC’s new focus is in the AR and VR space. That’s not surprising given that HTC wants to continue growing its Vive division, with executives saying the phone will “integrate some metaverse features.” Indeed, HTC announced its own platform, called Viverse, at MWC 2022 while offering the following description:
“VIVERSE is here to connect people from all walks of life to an open and accessible virtual world. Thanks to this new form of life, everyone is able to explore, work and play in a safe environment; every experience is unique and your transactions and data are secure.
Unfortunately, HTC hasn’t provided any indication of what the phone will look like, and we have no idea what will power the phone. At this point, all we know is that it will be a high-end smartphone designed with Viverse in mind, with plenty of power for the world of AR and VR.
Although HTC isn’t as focused on Android smartphones, the company has released a few mid-range options in different markets. A patent filing in 2020 showed that HTC might have some desire to launch a foldable phone at some point. But so far, there is no indication that this design will become a reality.
Even if HTC ends up only making this phone available in select regions, it could mean a surprise resurgence for the company that has pretty much retired from the smartphone race. No matter how you look at it, it’s really exciting if you’re a fan of HTC or AR and VR.