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