24 October 2018, India:
HTC has launched the early access period for its first blockchain phone, the ‘EXODUS 1’. The early access to the smartphone can currently only be purchased via Bitcoin (BTC) or Ethereum (ETH).
The HTC ‘EXODUS 1′ contains a secure enclave – a locked area on the device that is protected from the Android OS. This secure enclave will hold the keys to users’ crypto, whether that is currencies or non-fungible tokens (NFTs) or in the very near future, all their digital data.
The smartphone has a 6.0 inch Quad-HD+ Display. The screen has the modern aspect ratio of 18:9.
The smartphone has a dual rear camera setup. The dual rear camera consists of 12 MP + 16 MP lens. The smartphones can record videos of up-to 4K quality (at 60 fps. At front also, the smartphone has dual cameras (8 MP + 8 MP).
The smartphone gets it’s power from a 3500 mAh battery. The smartphone has Snapdragon 845.
HTC EXODUS 1 has 6 GB RAM and 128 GB Internal Storage. The Internal Storage is UFS 2.1 storage.
The smartphone has Edge Sense 2 for one-handed convenience, which allows users to perform tasks by squeezing the smartphone.
The smartphone runs on Android Oreo.
HTC EXODUS 1 is IP 68 certified, which means it can sustain up to 1.5 metres of water for up to 30 minutes. It also supports fast charging.
Phil Chen, Decentralized Chief Officer at HTC, said, “It’s been both 10 years since the launch of the first Android phone by HTC and nearly 10 years since the launch of Bitcoin and the Genesis Block. EXODUS 1 is a foundational element of the crypto internet. For digital assets and decentralised apps to reach their potential, we believe mobile will need to be the main point of distribution. We look forward to partnering with developers in the blockchain community to usher in this vision.”
The smartphone can be bought by using Bitcoin (BTC) or Ethereum (ETH). It is priced at 0.15 BTC, 4.78 ETH (about $960).
(Source – HTC)