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HTC’s Blockchain Phone, HTC Exodus 1 Launched. Can be Pre-Ordered now with Cryptocurrency!

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Taiwanese electronics manufacturing giant HTC has finally launched it’s first blockchain enabled smartphone called the Exodus 1, making it the safest smartphone that can store cryptocurrency keys. The main highlight of the Exodus 1 is that it can only be bought using cryptocurrencies.

HTC said that they developed their own cryptocurrency wallet called Zion to make the Exodus 1 function as cryptocurrency wallet. The device comes with a secure enclave, a secluded area within the devices chipset that is kept separate from the Android operating system it runs on. It uses technology made by SoftBank’s Arm Holdings to keep a customer’s cryptocurrency safe. “Think of it as a micro OS that runs in parallel with Android“- Phil Chen, HTC’s decentralized chief officer was quoted as saying.

The HTC Exodus 1 also uses a Social Key Recovery mechanism which allows its users to select few trustable contacts who can be given access to their crypto keys and can be assesed when the phone is missing or credentials are lost. The smartphone comes with decentralized applications to prevent security issues that comes with google’s android operating system.

The Exodus 1 comes with a 6 inch Quad HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. In the camera department, it sports a 16MP+16MP dual cam setup in the rear, with 4K recording at 60fps. In the front, there is a 8MP+8MP dual cam setup for taking selfies. The device will run on Android Oreo out of the box. The Exodus 1 will be fueled by a 3,500mAh battery.

The Exodus 1 is seen as an attempt by HTC to concentrate on new technologies on behalf of its falling market share. It will be shipping to 34 different countries as of now, including Austria, Hong Kong, US, UK, Norway, New Zealand, Taiwan, Singapore and also parts of Europe.

The handset is available for pre-order for 4.78 ETH or 0.15 bitcoins (approx Rs. 70,600, $960). HTC will start shipping the Exodus 1 in the month of December. Apart from the blockchain security, it is also IP68 certified for Dust and Water resistance.

HTC Exodus 1 Specifications

  • 6 inch Quad HD+ display
  • Snapdragon 845 SoC
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 16+16MP rear camera
  • 8+8MP front camera
  • 3,500mAh battery
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Honor 10i Launched in Russia! Comes with Triple Cameras & SD710 SoC.

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Honor quietly introduced the new Honor 10i in Russia. It comes with a waterdrop style notch and a 3D gradient finish on the rear. It joins the Chinese manufacturer’s other smartphones like Honor 10, Honor 10 Lite in Honor’s Portfolio.

As for the specifications, Honor 10i features a 6.21 inch display with a resolution of FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) and 19:5:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it is powered by an octa-core Kirin 710 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

In the optics department, the device comes with a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 24MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP secondary sensor and a 2MP ultra-wide sensor. On the front, it offers an AI-powered 32MP sensor. The handset runs EMUI 9.0.1 based on Android 9 Pie. It houses a 3,400 mAh battery. Among other specifications, the phone features 4G VoLTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, Face Unlock and a rear fingerprint sensor.

Honor is yet to reveal the pricing of the Honor 10i while the availability of the phone is listed as ‘coming soon’. Looking at the specs, it is likely a mid-range device that will compete against the likes of Samsung M30. It will be offered in three color options with the Red and Blue variants to sport a 3D gradient finish while the Black variant will have 3D finish without any gradient. The company has also not confirmed if it plans to launch it outside Russia

Honor 10i specifications

  • 6.21 inch FHD+ 19:9 display
  • Kirin 710 chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 32MP + 8MP + 2MP rear
  • 32MP front
  • EMUI 9.0.1 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 3,400 mAh battery
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Samsung A20 Launched in Russia. Comes with 6.4 inch AMOLED Infinity-V display & 4000 mAh battery

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Samsung has launched a new smartphone in the A-series in Russia. Dubbed as the Galaxy A20, it is launched alongside the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 smartphones. The device sports a 3D Glass build and a waterdrop notch.

The Galaxy A20 features a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED Infinity-V display with a resolution of HD+ (1560 x 720 pixels). Under the hood, it is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7884 paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage which can be further expanded to 512GB via a microSD card slot.

In the optics department, it sports a dual camera setup at the rear comprising a 13MP primary sensor with f/1.9 aperture and 5MP secondary sensor with f/2.2 aperture. It offers a 8MP camera on the front with f/2.0 aperture. The handset runs Samsung’s One UI on top of Android 9 Pie and is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery. It has a rear mounted fingerprint sensor and support for Samsung Pay.

As for the pricing the Samsung A20 is priced at RUB (Rs 15,000 approx) for the single 3/32GB variant. As for now, the company is yet to announce the device’s availability in India.

The company is also expected to launch the Galaxy A60 on April 19. From recent rumours, it will have a 6.7 inch Infinity-U FHD+ display with an in-screen fingerprint sensor and powered by a SD 6150 chipset which is yet to be announced. It will be paired with 6/8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

It will have a triple camera setup of 32MP + 8MP + 5MP configuration and offer a 32MP sensor on the front. It will likely run Samsung’s One UI on top of Android 9 Pie and will be backed by a 4,000 mAh battery.

Samsung A20 specifications

  • 6.4 inch HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-V display
  • Exynos 7884 SoC
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 13MP + 5MP rear
  • 8MP front
  • Samsung’s One UI based on Android 9 Pie
  • 4,000 mAh battery
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Vivo X27 and Vivo X27 Pro Launched in China!

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Pop-up camera fad is on the rise with manufacturers Vivo and OPPO launching several new handsets with this design theme over the course of the last few months. Vivo launched the V15 Pro in India, OPPO launched the F11 Pro while the OnePlus 7 leaks also hints a similar design. Vivo today launched two handsets today at its home market. Dubbed as the Vivo X27 and Vivo X27 Pro, they feature the pop-up front camera design.

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The Vivo X27 comes in two variants with the base variant powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 while the higher version gets the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset. Both the variants feature a 6.39 inch FHD+ display and backed by the 4,000 mAh battery. The base variant has an 8GB RAM + 128GB on-board storage configuration while the higher one has 8GB RAM + 256GB on-board storage configuration. The higher variant also gets 22.5W Vivo Flash Charge technology. The dual SIM handset runs on Funtouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie.

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The smartphones sports a AI powered triple camera setup at a rear consisting of a 48MP primary camera, a 13MP secondary sensor and a third 5MP sensor. There is a pop-up 16MP sensor at the front on the base variant while the higher variant gets a 32MP sensor. Connectivity features include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS and USB.

As for the Vivo X27 Pro, it is the most expensive and feature-packed among the three sporting a 6.7 inch Super AMOLED 20:5:9 display and powered by a Qualcomm 710 chipset. It has 8GB RAM and 256GB on-board storage. It comes with a triple camera rear setup with a 48MP primary camera which has the Sony IMX568 sensor. The front offers a 32MP pop-up camera. There is an in-fingerprint sensor and 4,000 mAh battery. Connectivity features include 4G LTE, WI-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS, NFC and USB.

The Vivo X27 pricing has been set at CNY 3,198 (Rs 33,000 approx) for the 8/128GB variant and CNY 3,598 (Rs 37,000 approx) for the 8/256GB variant. They will be available in China from March 23. The Vivo X27 Pro comes at a price tag of CNY 3,998 (Rs 41,000 approx) for the single 8/256GB variant. Vivo is yet to confirm if the handsets will be launched outside the Chinese market.

Vivo X27 Specifications (base variant)

  • 6.39 inch FHD+ display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 48MP + 13MP + 5MP rear
  • 16MP front
  • Funtouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 4,000 mAh battery

Vivo X27 Specifications (top variant)

  • 6.39 inch FHD+ display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 48MP + 13MP + 5MP rear
  • 32MP front
  • Funtouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 4,000 mAh battery with 22.5W Vivo Flash Charge technology

Vivo X27 Pro Specifications

  • 6.7 inch FHD+ display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 48MP + 13MP + 5MP rear
  • 32MP front
  • Funtouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 4,000 mAh battery with 22.5W Vivo Flash Charge technology
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