Exodus 1: the HTC Blockchain phone cash can’t buy

The HTC Exodus 1 is one of the most curious devices to come from HTC over the years. This blockchain-enabled smartphone has been designed with the crypto-conscious in mind as it utilizes a secure storage layer to keep crypto-currencies safely tucked away from harm and Google’s Android operating system.

How Much is the HTC Exodus 1

The device, which releases on 1 December, is available now for pre-order but only if you can pay in a crypto-currency.

For just 0.15 BTC or 4.78 ETH (which equates to roughly £735 in non-digital money), you can be part of HTC’s early access programme and help shape how HTC makes the Exodus 1 useful and to improve the device’s security.

How Safe is the Exodus 1

What makes the HTC Exodus 1 so special is its “secure enclave”. This part of the device is able to securely hold the keys to your crypto-currency wallets, without the worry your phone is going to be hacked. It also features a “social key” recovery tool if your phone is stolen or lost, allowing you to nominate three to five contacts to hold a part of your recovery key so you can call upon them in the result of loss or theft.

The Next Generation Phone: HTC Exodus 1

The Next Generation Phone: HTC Exodus 1

At the heart of the Exodus 1 is HTC’s own crypto-currency wallet, Zion. The Taiwanese manufacturer is also planning to release Zion’s key management API and wallet SDK to other cryptographers, allowing third-party developers to use the phone’s hardware to protect other crypto wallets and sign transactions.

HTC Exodus 1 Specification

Users will get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. There is also a 3,500mAh battery to keep things ticking along and all the connectivity measures you’d expect of a £700 smartphone.

HTC has given the Exodus 1 a dual-camera arrangement on both the front and rear, equipping it with twin 16-megapixel rear snappers and 8-megapixel selfie sensors. There’s also a 6in QHD+ screen and its capable of recording footage at 4K 60fps.


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