HTC details its Exodus blockchain-based phone, confirms Fall release

HTC Exodus blockchain phone

HTC has unveiled more details on its all-new blockchain phone. HTC will also offer a universal wallet-like functionality through the Exodus phone, and a specific forum will be available to help users.

"In the new internet age people are generally more conscious about their data, this a ideal opportunity to empower the user to start owning their digital identity", said HTC chief crypto officer Phil Chen. I'm excited about the opportunity it brings to decentralize the internet and reshape it for the modern user.

If privacy and data security matter to you, $1,000 isn't really that much to pay, especially in the breachfest era; people pay that much for just for speed and a pretty screen in flagship phones such as the Galaxy S9, LG G7 and iPhone X. At that time, no detailed availability or pricing was given, but thanks to a recent interview by The Verge with HTC's Phil Chen, we've learned that we can expect Exodus to launch before this year's end.

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However, speaking to The Verge this week, Chen said that a phone that allowed users to own their identity is still in the future, and the Exodus - set to be released in 2018 - will include just a native crypto wallet and CryptoKitties. On why China isn't on the list of countries for the new smartphone, Chen remarked that it is due to different rules and regulations in the country.

At the end of the day, HTC is not selling phones right now. It does not sound so, as the upcoming HTC Exodus sounds like a niche device aimed at a particular group of users, but we're yet to see whether it will have any mass-market appeal. HTC says its partnership with Cryptokitties "is the beginning of a nonfungible, collectible marketplace and crypto gaming app store".

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