HTC developing blockchain smartphone called Exodus with Vive headset creator

Posted May 16, 2018

The Taiwanese company announced at the Consensus 2018 Blockchain Conference in NY that the blockchain based Exodus will be available in October. 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.

Schematics of the phone shows it has a single camera, support for storage expansion, and nano-SIM support.

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The creator of the HTC Vive, Phil Chen, is being brought into head up the company's new blockchain activities.

Specifically, HTC will be giving the phone a universal wallet and hardware support for cryptocurrencies and decentralised apps. And now he is back to wow the world with HTC's advanced device and to manage all the company's cryptocurrency and blockchain-related initiatives.

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"I want to see a world where the end consumers can truly own their data, such as browsing history, identity, assets, wallets, emails, messaging, without the need for central authorities."
According to Chen, the team is working to support the entire blockchain ecosystem and will, therefore, be announcing a whole slew of new partnerships in the coming months. This would be the second Blockchain smartphone, behind Sirin Labs Finney smartphone that is priced at $1000. "With the release of the HTC Exodus we can now make this a reality", says HTC.

HTC is reportedly looking to eventually launch its new native blockchain network ecosystem, with the individual Exodus devices acting as nodes for trading amongst users.

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The company suggests that future customers might be able to pay for the phone with cryptocurrencies, but hasn't gone into details.