HTC launched its Blockchain Exodus smartphone 1.
The Taiwanese electronics company, HTC, finally launched its Blockchain Exodus 1 smartphone yesterday October 23. The phone that was announced in May of this year was finally launched to an enthusiastic community of enthusiasts of cryptographers, but there is a problem. The phone will only be sold for Ethereum [ETH] and bitcoin [BTC].
With a retail price of 4.78 ETH or 0.15 BTC, an equivalent of approximately $ 960, interested buyers can book the phone that will begin shipping later in December.
The phone is designed to handle Blockchain applications. However, for an average user, they will not notice the difference between the Blockchain phone and a normal Android smartphone. The Exodus will run the Android operating system by default, but along with it is a micro-operating system that will run parallel to the Android system.
The micro operating system will allow the phone to act as an HTC Blockchain node and as a cryptocurrency wallet. The Exodus wallet has been nicknamed Zion. An interesting feature that has been implemented for the wallet is the identity of the social proof. In case the owner of the telephone loses the telephone, they can recover the wallet through the social identification of previously approved contacts.
In May, during the consensus conference, HTC’s blockchain director, Phil Chen, said he wanted to “see a world where end users can really own their data (browsing history, identity, assets, portfolios, emails, messages , among others), without the need for central authorities “.
Justifying the company’s decision to launch a Blockchain smartphone, he said: “And the reason you’re making a blockchain phone is for everyone to have their own keys. Everything starts there. When you start having your own keys, you can start having your own digital identity, and you can start having your own data. “
It was surprising to most that Litecoin was not an option in the mode of payment after Ethereum and Bitcoin, since Charlie Lee, the co-founder of Litecoin, had registered as an advisor to the team that was building the phone in July.
Chen believes that selling the phone in cryptocurrencies will attract the right customer base from developers and cryptographic platform enthusiasts. During the launch on Tuesday, he said:
“Selling it only in cryptography and being the first to do so means that we will take it directly to the main audience and those who want this device: the Blockchain community.”
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