Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

HTC Announces Cheaper Blockchain Phone, the HTC Exodus 1s

HTC Announces Cheaper Blockchain Phone, the HTC Exodus 1s

While HTC is now supporting bitcoin blockchain, Chen did not shy out from support for other networks.

But now the company is doubling down with the new Exodus 1s with Phil Chen, HTC's Chief Decentralized Officer explaining: "We think that's foundational to the whole decentralized internet and just the whole fundamental premise".

We don't have many details about the handset yet, but HTC has said the phone will run as a full node - in other words, it will validate and relay Bitcoin transactions, and help keep the blockchain network running. Respectively, the EXODUS 1s will be the first smartphone to ever to have full node capabilities. With your Zion Vault you can store, send, and request Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin, selected ERC-20 tokens, and ERC-721 collectibles. "Imagine the iPod with 256 gigs ... of course the music fan wants to keep the whole music library but the crypto fan wants to keep the whole bitcoin blockchain.(You can) be a part of the bitcoin revolution by contributing to the security of the whole network". However, you don't need to wait for HTC to release this phone to benefit from this feature; in fact, there is already an app for that, which means that you should be able to run a full Bitcoin node on most existing Android devices.

The HTC Exodus 1 was announced during Consensus 2018 and raised quite a lot of expectation in the community.

Further, the Exodus 1s merely supports a "pruned version" of the Bitcoin node, measuring in at just 10GB of the most essential information. As of today, there are around 9 000 active bitcoin full nodes around the world. Although the device hasn't been given a specific launch date or price tag yet, the company is said to be targeting Q3 of this year, and a price around $250 - $300.

Other features that could appear on the Exodus 1s as a result of partnerships made by HTC include the presence of search bar widget for the privacy-focused search engine Qwant and support for Ethereum explorer Etherscan.

In saying so, the EXODUS 1s will also conduct normal smartphone operations as well, such as music, videos, pictures, apps, and dapps.

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