HTC has unveiled the world’s first ever blockchain based smartphone dubbed Exodus 1 available in the consumer market, which is priced in Bitcoins. The device is currently available for pre-orders and will start shipping this December. It is priced at BTC 0.15 or ETH 4.78 (approximately Rs 70,750), and can be only purchased with cryptocurrency.
This also makes HTC one of the first major smartphone manufacturer to accept payments in the form of cryptocurrencies.
HTC announced the device back in May, stating that it will come with its own digital crypto-wallet enabling users to store and trade cryptocurrencies. The company said this will be an alternative to the special memory sticks investors are using currently to put their digital money into.
HTC Exodus comes with the company’s own Zion crypto wallet pre-installed, which protects all your crypto keys hidden from any untrusted parts of the operating system and apps. Additionally, the device can also double as a ‘node’ to maintain blockchain networks like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Electronium, etc. This will also earn users mining rewards for doing so.
To protect its users from losing all of their cryptocurrencies on losing or breaking their Exodus 1, the company has added the ‘Social Key Recovery’ feature better known as key sharding. The device will enable its users to pick trusted people, which can come together and recreate the user’s private key from which they can gain back access to their wallet.
HTC Exodus 1 sports a 6-inch QHD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor paired with Adreno 630 GPU. The device comes with 6GB of RAM along with 128GB of internal storage. It runs Google’s Android 8.1 Oreo operating system and is backed by a 3,500mAh non-removable battery.
The device features a dual camera setup on the back consisting of a 16MP camera along with a 12MP camera. On the front, it sports an 8MP camera for taking selfies.