The HTC Exodus 1, aka the ‘blockchain phone’, is nearly ready to enter the wild, with the company having now confirmed the specs of its forthcoming cryptocurrency handset.
It’s a bit of a beast, too, sporting a 6-inch HD+ display, Snapdragon 845 SoC, and IP68 water-resistance rating. The chipset is backed by 6GB of RAM, there’s 128GB of on-board storage for you to play with, and it packs a 3500mAh battery cell to keep things tickling along.
The Exodus 1 will ship with Android Oreo when it’s released later in the year – December 2018 has been mooted as the expected shipping date – and there’s a pair of 16-megapixel rear cameras and a duo of 8-megapixel front ‘selfie cams’ complete with bokeh effect, for all your snapping needs.
These are all 2018 flagship phone specs similar to the HTC U12+, though the Exodus 1 is potentially poised to be something of a niche device, as it can only be bought using cryptocurrency.
It’ll cost 0.15 BTC (Bitcoin) or 4.78 ETH (Etherum), which is about £735 or $960 (a 2018 flagship price) based on the current ‘exchange rate’. Availability looks to be pretty widespread, though, with the HTC Exodus 1 set to come to the UK, US, and a number of other European countries, as well as going on sale in Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Taiwan.
Security is obviously an important factor given the phone is designed to facilitate Bitcoin and other decentralised currency trading, so there’s a sandboxed area that exists outside of the core Android OS where your wallet will live. As part of the pre-order process, HTC is inviting the Exodus 1 community to help shape the phone’s custom software feature set.
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Whether the Exodus 1 turns out to be a success or not remains to be seen, but in an increasingly identikit mobile market, it’s nice to see HTC doing something that’s different.
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