After filling the rumour blocks, HTC has finally unveiled its first blockchain-focused phone â€“ the Exodus 1. The device is available for pre-order immediately and will ship out in December. So if you are interested, you can only pay for it in crypto-currencies â€“ BTC 0.15 or ETH 4.78 (roughly about $960/â‚¬830 today, but we cannot say for tomorrow as rate is volatile)
Why Is HTC Exodus 1 Special?
It is the Zion crypto wallet developed by the company. It uses the security enclave of its Snapdragon 845 chipset to keep the usersâ€™ keys hidden from untrusted parts of the OS (Android Oreo) and apps.
Zion will turn the HTC Exodus 1 into your hardware cryptocurrency wallet. But what if you lose the phone? Social Key Recovery allows you to pick several trusted people in such a way that if they all come together, they can recreate your private key. This is called Shamirâ€™s Secret Sharing or (as itâ€™s better known in the crypto world) key sharding.
The Exodus has deeper ties to the cryptocurrency world. It will run â€œDappsâ€, decentralized apps, which run simultaneously on many devices to ensure that results can be trusted and cannot be tampered with. HTC doesnâ€™t go into much detail, but presumably these will run on top of Ethereum. Hereâ€™s CoinDeskâ€™s overview of dApps.
HTC Exodus 1 Key Specs
Speaking of the specs of the phone: it features
- A 6-inch 1440p+ display (18:9)
- Powered By a Snapdragon 845 chipset
- 6GB of RAM
- 128GB inbuilt storage.
- Dual rear cameras of 16MP main module
- Selfie camera of 8MP
- Battery power of 3,500mAh battery
- IP68 water resistance.