HTC unveiled its first blockchain-focused smartphone on Tuesday – the Exodus 1, as the struggling manufacturer looks to shift its strategy to focus on new technology. The phone was first announced back in May as one of the company’s more intriguing projects.
The Taiwanese phone maker said it developed its own cryptocurrency wallet called Zion to make its new phone function as a hardware cryptocurrency wallet.
The Exodus 1 comes with a secure enclave — a secluded area on the phone’s chip kept separate from the Android operating system (OS) it runs on — that uses technology made by SoftBank’s Arm Holdings to keep a customer’s cryptocurrency safe.
The Exodus 1 has a 6-inch HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. There are 16-megapixel dual rear cameras and 8-megapixel dual selfie cameras with a bokeh effect, and it’s capable of recording full 4K video at 60 FPS. The phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, has 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 3,500 mAh battery. It runs Android Oreo and is dust- and water-resistant with a rating of IP68.
The phone will sell for 0.15 BTC or 4.78 ETH, which is equivalent to just over $960 USD at the time of writing — and yes, you have to pay for it in cryptocurrency. The expected ship date is December.
The phone will be available in 34 countries and regions, including the US, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, the UK, Austria, Norway, and other parts of Europe.
Notably, it won’t be available in China, which lines up with what Chen said to me in July, explaining that “China has different rules” and bans cryptocurrency trading.