HTC announced the blockchain based “Exodus” smartphone in May this year. It is apparently set to launch on October 22. HTC recently released a teaser video through the newly created HTC Exodus Instagram account. The teaser shows “10.22” to hint at the launch of the upcoming smartphone. The teased launch date seems to be perfectly in line with a recent leak through a dedicated website. The official site is also now open for registrations. A recent report mentioned the HTC Exodus will be available for purchase globally. Well, except for China. Though we still haven’t received much information about the specifications of the device.
The dedicated site was released in July and claimed to be the “first cold wallet phone with recovery”. “Our vision is to expand the blockchain ecosystem by creating the world’s first phone dedicated to decentralized applications and security,” the company wrote on its site. Earlier this year, the “Sirin Finney” launched and claimed to be the world’s first blockchain-powered smartphone. HTC may not be the absolute first to dabble in this genre, but it is definitely way ahead of the major players in the smartphone space.
The HTC Exodus will work with multiple different blockchains and provide a streamlined mobile user experience. The smartphone will come with a universal wallet-like functionality to host cryptocurrencies. Furthermore, HTC plans to use the Exodus as a node to “double and triple the number of nodes of Ethereum and Bitcoin”. In an interview in July, HTC’s Chief Crypto Officer highlighted that the developer-level construction of the device started in early 2018. He also confirmed that the phone would be available “everywhere outside of China”.
HTC has already revealed its partnership with CryptoKitties to let users experience how the blockchain technology works. CryptoKitties is claimed to be the “world’s biggest game to be built on blockchain technology”. And unlike any cryptocurrency, it uses the blockchain technology to build digital creatures that users can collect, breed, and trade. The game will importantly debut on the HTC U12+ before making its way to the HTC Exodus.
Final Thoughts and Specfications
The phone has a 6-inch display along with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC will power the device. It comes with a target price of $999. The price seems to be pretty high considering the fierce competition in the smartphone market in the present day. The price tag puts the device in the same league with the latest iPhones and Galaxy Note 9. Also considering the downfall of HTC in the current smartphone space this could prove to be a bad decision. HTC should have probably opted for a cheaper price tag, but only time will tell.