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HTC Exodus Blockchain Smartphone Launched, Priced at 0.15 BTC/4.78 ETH

Taiwanese phone maker HTC has officially unveiled its first blockchain-powered Android smartphone today.

Dubbed Exodus 1, the early-access edition is currently available for customers in 34 countries, including the U.S., U.K., Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, according to the press release.

As a gadget supported by the most nascent technology, the device can only be purchased with bitcoin or Ethereum, costing 0.15 BTC or 4.78 ETH, and will start shipping sometime in December.

The phone comes with 6-inch QHD + display, snapdragon 845 chipset and 6GB/128GB memory, powered by 3,500 mAh battery, dual 16mp rear telephoto zoom camera, plus dual 8MP front camera.

The company’s target audience falls among the about 30 million cryptocurrency wallet owners, saying it is inviting the cryptocurrency community to evaluate and help improve the device with feedback on it, and also looking for developers to participate in the early-access version.

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The device is claimed to be unique by offering “a secure enclave” that will store a user’s cryptocurrency keys and will be kept protected from the Android operating system. That means it is harder for others to gain access to the cryptocurrency wallet in the phone.

Phil Chen, who acts as leader of the Exodus project, has talked about its design in May,

“Through Exodus, we are excited to be supporting underlying protocols such as Bitcoin, Lightning Networks, Ethereum, Dfinity, and more. We would like to support the entire blockchain ecosystem.”

HTC, which is marking 10 years since the unveiling of its first Android phone, is labelling the launch as a “1.0 version” of the Exodus, which is seen as a new attempt in the crypto niche to revitalize its shrinking mobile business with less than 1% market share from over 10% in its heydays. It remains to be seen whether it will work or not.

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