Published: Mon, October 21, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

HTC continues to flog the Bitcoin phone horse with a €219 handset

HTC continues to flog the Bitcoin phone horse with a €219 handset

After first teasing the device earlier this year, HTC has detailed its new, more affordable Exodus 1s blockchain smartphone.

The new Exodus 1s is a lower-cost form of the evolving HTC's blockchain-powered phone Exodus 1, which as of late has enabled the users to support BTC. Anyone with an interest in a device that serves the dual goal of an easy-access cryptocurrency wallet and a smartphone and happens to live in Europe, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan or the United Arab Emirates, can go ahead and order the exodus 1s. Exodus 1s powers itself with Snapdragon 435 chipset while its expensive version comes up with Snapdragon 845 processor.

"HTC says that its wallet app, Zion Vault, "uses the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) to protect your private keys and sensitive data", and that it supports storing, sending, and receiving organize over 100 types of cryptocurrencies". But despite their failures, there's still one big reason as to why you should keep an eye on HTC and that is the Exodus project which is just a glimpse into the potential for the future of smartphones.

The 1s can also store the entire Bitcoin ledger. The display measures in at 5.7 inches and features an 18:9 aspect ratio with 720p resolution. Now HTC has lowered the requirements for running a node. As of now, the ledger takes up approximately 260GB and is currently growing at a rate of 60GB per year.

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The smartphone will be available in 27 countries across Europe and the Middle East, including Germany, Greece, Saudi Arabia and UAE.

At first, HTC plans on launching the mobile phone in Europe and the Middle East.

On the outside, the Exodus 1s sports a single 13MP main camera, while the selfie camera also uses a 13MP sensor. The phone will ship with Android Oreo 8.1, software that is about two years old now. HTC's reason for calling this a "blockchain phone" was that it came with a built-in hardware wallet and a pre-installed Decentralized Apps (DApps) browser that was integrated with this hardware. HTC will accept payment in bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin, Binance coin, and bitcoin cash.

Looking at the specifics behind this new phone paints a bleak picture.

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