Taiwan-based HTC may have lost its strength in the smartphone market from the last three years, but the company still wants to keep the world fascinated with its new Exodus Project which the company will improve its presence in the future.
At Berlin Lightning Conference HTC has unveiled Exodus 1s its new blockchain smartphone at a price of €219 (~$244) which seems really low for those who want to get their hands on the technology. Its main feature is that it can work as a full node means you are able to validate and transmit Bitcoin transactions without using a third-party service. It can be used to trade, lend, and borrow the cryptocurrency which makes it your own decentralized bank in your pocket or your hands.
It’s not as effective since Bitcoin mining requires a lot of computing power and the company recommends using this feature only when you’re connected to WiFi and keep it plugged into the power adapter. The company also says that to store the entire ledger in the device you need up to 400GB of storage in the microSD card, the ledger takes approx. 260GB and it grows at 60GB per year and you need the entire ledger to verify and relay transactions without a third-party.
It supports HTC’s Zion wallet which allows you to store, send and receive a variety of cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin and Steller, as well as Etherum-based ERC-20 and ERC-721 tokens.
HTC Exodus 1s has a 5.7-inch HD+ 720p display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, powered by Snapdragon 435 chipset, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. It features a 13MP camera on the front and 13MP camera on the back. It has a basic 3,075 mAh battery with micro-USB charging support.
It comes with Android Oreo 8.1 running out-of-the-box, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a dedicated fingerprint sensor on the back.
The company says it will be available in Europe, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates and more other countries will be added soon. You can also purchase the phone using cryptocurrency with HTC accepting Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Binance or Bitcoin Cash.