HTC has simply introduced a brand new, extra inexpensive model of its Exodus 1 smartphone — a tool that comes with a built-in pockets for Bitcoin and different cryptocurrencies. The brand new HTC Exodus 1s prices 219 euros (round $244) and permits homeowners to purchase, promote, ship, obtain, lend, and borrow cryptocurrency immediately from the system. The HTC Exodus 1s additionally boasts software program instruments that allow it to run a full Bitcoin node. This performance is constructed atop a fundamental, finances Android cellphone.
“We’re offering the instruments for entry to common fundamental finance; the instruments to have a metaphorical Swiss financial institution in your pocket,” Phil Chen, decentralized chief officer at HTC stated in a press launch. “Full nodes are a very powerful ingredient within the resilience of the Bitcoin community and we now have lowered the barrier to entry for any particular person to run a node, which is solely a pc, cell in our case, taking part within the world Bitcoin community that propagates transactions and blocks all over the place, which is the inspiration and elementary definition of a peer-to-peer money system.”
Should you’re questioning what all this implies, we interviewed Chen final 12 months and he defined what a blockchain cellphone is and why you may want one. Proper now, that is solely more likely to pique the curiosity of individuals buying and selling in cryptocurrency or gaming collectibles, however by providing a way more inexpensive system, HTC is hoping to tempt extra people who find themselves curious to dip a toe within the water.
The unique HTC Exodus 1 might solely be bought with cryptocurrency on launch and at comparatively excessive costs to start with, near $1,000, although it was later offered extra conventionally for $699. The HTC Exodus 1s is far more inexpensive at 219 Euros, which is round $244 on the time of writing.
Even the most effective low-cost telephones reduce corners, so it gained’t be a shock to seek out that the HTC Exodus 1s has modest specs. We’re speaking a couple of cellphone that runs Android eight.1 Oreo, with a separate safe enclave that handles all of your crypto transactions. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 inside with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and room for a MicroSD card, which is simply as nicely as a result of the complete Bitcoin ledger is 260GB proper now and rising at 60GB per 12 months. Should you needed to, you possibly can put it on a MicroSD card and also you’d be capable to confirm and relay transactions immediately from the Exodus 1 with out having to connect with a centralized third-party. You’ll additionally discover a 5.7-inch show, 13-megapixel cameras back and front, and a three,000mAh battery within the new cellphone.
The HTC Exodus 1s made its debut look on the Lightning Convention in Berlin, the place it’s on sale instantly utilizing the Lightning fee community. You too can order it on the HTC Exodus web site, however this preliminary launch is just for Europe, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. Extra territories, presumably together with the U.S. will observe at a later date.