Nowadays, it seems tough to escape blockchain technology — especially with the rise of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. As part of what HTC claims is its “effort to expand the blockchain ecosystem,” the company introduced its latest blockchain phone known as the HTC Exodus.
While details have been slow to emerge, we now finally have a much better idea of what the phone will look like. Here’s everything we know about the HTC Exodus so far.
Specs and software
While we initially didn’t know too much about the HTC Exodus, more information about the device has slowly been seeping out. We now know that the device features a 6-inch HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, along with a 16-megapixel dual rear-facing camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Under the hood, the device boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, coupled with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 3,500mAh battery powering it all.
There are a few advantages to the phone over others. For starters, HTC has developed a cryptocurrency wallet called Zion, which allows you to store cryptocurrency on the phone itself. That’s all stored in the secure enclave — a part of the system that’s kept separate from Android, and uses SoftBank’s Arm Holdings to keep everything safe. That’s also where you can store keys to your cryptocurrency and tokens like CryptoKitties.
As part of the HTC Exodus, HTC has also built a social key recovery system. Basically, you can keep recovery details about your phone with a trusted friend, after which they’ll have to download a key management app. Then, HTC will use a sharing algorithm to send information to your friends, which can then be pieced together if need be.
Initially, it will launch with support for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dfinity networks, and Lightning Network, but the company says it will eventually support the entire blockchain ecosystem. HTC plans on creating a native blockchain network with all Exodus phones, in an effort to double and triple the number of nodes of Ethereum and Bitcoin.
The device will also feature what’s supposed to be a trusted and user-friendly UI for DApps. By bringing DApps to mobile, HTC hopes to streamline the mobile user experience throughout the DApp community as a whole.
Release date and availability
Want to get the HTC Exodus for yourself? You’ll have to own some cryptocurrency to do so — but if you do, the device is now up for pre-order from the HTC Exodus website. The phone will sell for 0.15 BTC, or 4.78 ETH, which equates to around $960 at the time of this writing. It’s expected to ship in December, and will be available in a hefty 34 countries, including the U.S., parts of Europe, New Zealand, the U.K., Taiwan, and more. Of note, the phone will not be available in China — largely because of the fact that the country bans cryptocurrency trading.
While full details about the design of the HTC Exodus are a little vague right now, HTC has released some images that give us a basic idea of what the phone will look like. Despite the technology under the hood, the phone doesn’t look all that different from other smartphones on the market. It’s got a dual-sensor camera on the back with a fingerprint sensor about a third of the way down. No word yet on the design on the front — or if it’ll feature a notch or headphone jack.
Updated on October 23, 2018: The HTC Exodus is now available for pre-order.