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HTC accepts crypto for the pre-order of its blockchain-encrypted phone

October 24, 2018

HTC accepts crypto for the pre-order of its blockchain-encrypted phone

Taiwanese phone maker HTC, which announced the launch of its blockchain-encrypted Exodus 1 smartphone in May, has officially kicked off the pre-order process.

Dedicated to security and decentralized applications, the smartphone is meant for keeping cryptocurrency keys, tokens, and other important information safe. For example, the data is stored in Secure Enclave, a hardware-based key manager that provides an extra layer of security and is isolated from the main processor.

In an interview with CNBC, HTC’s decentralized chief officer Phil Chen said:

“The reason why you do a blockchain phone is … for everybody just to own their own keys. Everything starts there. When you start owning your own keys, then you can start owning your own digital identity, then you can start to own data.”

Exodus 1, which is the HTC’s first blockchain phone, can be pre-ordered only for cryptocurrency. Interestingly, only Bitcoin and Etherium are accepted for the pre-order. The price is BTC 0.15 or ETH 4.78. At the current conversion rate, that comes out to over $950.

The phone can be preordered here. According to company’s website, the shipping process will begin this December.

In terms of specs, the phone has 6.0” Quad HD+ display and works with Android 8.1 Oreo. It is powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 mobile platform, and has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, as well as a 16-megapixel dual rear camera and an 8-megapixel dual front camera.