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16 May 2018, 09:30 | Jodi Jackson
HTC Exodus to Be 'World's First Native Blockchain Phone'
HTC's yet to announce pricing for its Exodusphone, but when it does go on sale, customers will be able to purchase it using, you guessed it, cryptocurrency. While the Taiwanese company has consolidated much of its mobile offerings in recent years, it announced today at the Consensus 2018 blockchain conference in NY that its upcoming Exodus handset is embracing everyone's favorite tech buzzword. The report explains the phone will have a universal wallet and a built-in secure hardware enclave to support cryptocurrencies and decentralized applications.
Furthermore, all Exodus phones will also act as nodes to manage cryptocurrency trading that takes place through HTC's own blockchain network.
In terms of specifications, the Finney blockchain phone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. With the current crypto-craze, the phones may sell well, regardless if they offer actual functionality beyond what users can get on their devices right now.
"Through the Exodus, we are also excited to be supporting underlying protocols such as Bitcoin, Lightning Networks, Ethereum, Dfinity, and more", Chen wrote in a blog post accompanying the announcement. Chen said that he believes that a blockchain-powered smartphone might inspire a new wave of decentralized systems, in the same way that the availability of computers once paved the way for the makings of the internet.
The HTC Exodus, will be similar to HTC's other Android smartphones.
First reported by TheNextWeb, Chen will be transitioning into a new role at HTC to head up the project called "decentralized chief officer".
Huawei is also reportedly considering the technology for one of its future devices.
Of course, as TNW points out, these types of features can already be installed on basically any smartphone already on the market. Even with rapidly increasing awareness and interest in the cryptocurrency space, however, it's hard to imagine Exodus making much of a splash.
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