You need Bitcoin to buy HTC's first blockchain phone

Joanna Estrada
October 23, 2018

According to its manufacturers, the HTC Exodus 1 is a blockchain-encrypted phone that offers easy access to security-based and decentralized apps and the phone actually acts as its own blockchain node.

HTC, which is marking 10 years since the unveiling of its first Android phone, is labelling the launch as a "1.0 version" of the Exodus, and is now inviting the cryptocurrency community to evaluate and help improve the device with its feedback. That's not to say it doesn't have features not available on virtually any Android or iPhone model that's now in use.

The blockchain part consists of a secure enclave on the phone that's protected from Android, which will hold the keys to your crypto, non-fungible tokens, and "all your digital data" at some point down the road.

How is it possible to have a blockchain phone? The phone is practically a blockchain version of HTC's U12+ flagship, featuring a 6-inch QuadHD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 845 chip, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 16-megapixel dual camera, 8-megapixel dual selfie camera, IP68 rating, 3,500 mAh battery, and Android Oreo.

The HTC Exodus already has a competitor in its niche category, with Swiss startup Sirin Labs expected to release its own $1,000 blockchain smartphone Finney - to be manufactured by iPhone-maker Foxconn - before the end of the year.

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. Then, your seed will be split via a secret sharing algorithm and sent to the trusted contacts.

The EXODUS 1 is wholly dedicated to blockchain encryption-all the way to how consumers initially order the device: The smartphone can only be purchased using Bitcoin or Ethereum.

HTC also intends to release application program interfaces (APIs) for third-party developers, allowing them use the EXODUS 1 to protect keys and sign transactions.

The new HTC Exodus blockchain phone is now available to pre-order. That's how crypto works. The phone is available in 34 countries including the US, UK, Taiwan, Singapore, New Zealand, Norway and various European countries.

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