Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

The HTC Exodus 1 is a smartphone for the blockchain generation

The HTC Exodus 1 is a smartphone for the blockchain generation

Available for preorder on its website, the phone will ship sometime in early December and can only be purchased using cryptocurrency, specifically bitcoin and Ethereum.

HTC said Exodus 1 will be available in 34 countries or regions including Hong Kong, Singapore, the U.S., the United Kingdom and other European countries via the phone's website.

Chen's brainchild, the EXODUS 1 is basically a digital vault and handheld hardware wallet disguised as any other shiny smartphone.

It's unclear at this point how HTC wants to put all your data inside the enclave, but the company did say in previous teasers that one of the purposes of a blockchain phone is to allow users to control their data. The phone also features a D-app wallet app that will support all kinds of cryptocurrencies.

What does a "blockchain phone" even mean?

"Exodus" may be a fair description of HTC's customer base in recent years - once the reviewers' darling, it has fallen a long way.

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Being a blockchain phone, the Exodus 1 can be purchased only for crypto. Well, according to HTC, it's called that because it's blockchain-encrypted, and dedicated to security and decentralized applications.

The highlight of the device comes with its blockchain encryption which allows it to be the safest smartphone to store keys that belong to cryptocurrency.

With a 6-inch, QHD+ display at an 18:9 aspect ratio and a Snapdragon 845 processor with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, the Exodus 1 also packs a 3,500mAh battery with IP68 waterproof rating, comparable to mainstream Android flagships now sold in the market by Samsung and Google and other mainstream phone makers. The device will run on Android Oreo operating system and has a 3,500mAh battery on the back.

Additionally, HTC developed a Social Key Recovery mechanism that's supposed to help you recover your keys if your phone is lost, stolen, or you forget them.

HTC's Exodus 1 has become available for pre-order, and can only be bought with cryptocurrency - costing 0.15 bitcoins or 4.78 ether tokens (US$960). It has 12MP + 16MP dual rear cameras and dual 8MP front-facing cameras with bokeh.

The EXODUS 1 is available to customers in the U.S., Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and almost 30 other countries, according to the press release.

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