Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

HTC's Blockchain Phone Unveiled: The Case of Exodus

HTC's Blockchain Phone Unveiled: The Case of Exodus

HTC will soon release APIs (application programming interface) to allow third-party developers to use the EXODUS 1 specific hardware to protect keys and sign transactions in order to boost the technology further.

"Think of it as a micro OS that runs in parallel with Android".

"Exodus" may be a fair description of HTC's customer base in recent years - once the reviewers' darling, it has fallen a long way. It costs BTC 0.15 or ETH 4.78, which is around Dollars 960.

HTC has finally introduced its dedicated blockchain-enabled smartphone - the Exodus 1 with top-of-the-line internals created to enhance security and use of decentralised applications.

Not the first blockchain phone Earlier this year, Switzerland-based Sirin Labs launched the world's first commercial blockchain phone, Finney.

HTC has fully taken the wraps off its blockchain-powered Exodus phone for the first time.

Another security feature for crypto-users is the Social Key Recovery mechanism that allows you to authorize a few of your most trusted contacts who will hold a section of your crypto keys so you can retrieve your crypto in case you lose or break your phone. In terms of specs, smartphone sports a 6-inch 18:9 notch screen, 8-megapixel selfie camera, and 12-megapixel main camera. There is also the Zion Wallet for your cryptocurrencies.

Being a blockchain phone, the Exodus 1 can be purchased only for crypto. It has 12MP + 16MP dual rear cameras and dual 8MP front-facing cameras with bokeh.

Shipments are expected go out sometime in December.

The phone is available for pre-order in 34 countries including the United States, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and a number of European nations, with the notable exception of China, where cryptocurrency trading and exchanges are effectively banned. There's a 3500mAh battery inside, 6GB - DDR4x RAM, 128GB UFS 2.1 internal data storage, and fast charging support.

Phil Chen - HTC's decentralized chief officer said that its been 10 years since the launch of their first Android phone and also nearly 10 years since the launch of bitcoin and the genesis block. "We look forward to partnering with developers in the blockchain community to usher in this vision".

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