Earlier in May, Taiwanese Giant promised that it would be releasing a smaller and cheaper version of its Exodus 1 Blockchain phone. Now, the company has made good on that promise and HTC Unveils its new budget blockchain phone – Exodus 1s.
Unlike most mobile phones, HTC’s new Exodus 1s phone can act as a full Bitcoin node. It essentially means the device will be capable of validating transactions and blocks independently.
Operating on a full node benefits both the Bitcoin network by helping to maintain decentralization. However, also allowing owners to manage their privacy better when making Bitcoin transactions.
Although the device is technically capable of running on a full Bitcoin node. Still, the Exodus 1s owners will need to purchase an additional MicroSD card to actually do so. Since the entire Bitcoin blockchain currently exceeds the phone’s internal capacity at almost 250GB storage.
Phil Chen, the decentralized chief officer at HTC in a recent statement said that “We are providing the tools for access to universal basic finance; the tools to have a metaphorical Swiss bank in your pocket.”
The HTC Exodus 1s phone ships with HTC’s Zion Wallet installed. Through Zion Wallet, all Exodus 1s owners will be able to manage their cryptocurrency portfolio. They can buy and sell cryptocurrencies through integrations with third-party exchanges, and send and receive supported digital assets and non-fungible tokens.
Apart from functioning as a full Bitcoin node, the HTC Exodus 1s is also a relatively capable smartphone comparable with most other low to mid-range phones on the market today.
In terms of hardware, the device comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 435 processor. It comes in addition with 4GB of memory and 64GB of internal storage. Exodus 1s also features a 5.7-inch 720p display, fingerprint sensor on the rear, and a 13-megapixel primary camera.
The new phone Exodus 1s will hit the market at €219 or around $245. This is the equivalent amount in BTC, ETH, LTC, BNB, or BCH. New budget blockchain phone – Exodus 1s will be initially made available in Europe, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, before rolling out elsewhere.
However, the company will still be selling the original HTC Exodus 1, which features higher-end specs at a much higher price tag.