Notch and AI aren’t the only buzzwords floating around the smartphone world as blockchain is surely looking like a future of smartphones to some manufacturer. Marking the first from an established smartphone company, HTC has officially announced that it’s working on a blockchain-powered smartphone.
Named HTC Exodus, this Android smartphone will come with a universal wallet, secure, hardware support for decentralized and secure apps, etc.
The project’s website calls it “the world’s first phone dedicated to decentralized applications and security. With the release of the HTC Exodus we can now make this a reality.” The phone is also expected to allow the trading of native crypto coins without any mining fee.
The website also lists eight major features of HTC Exodus:
- Trusted hardware
- Tons of protocols
- Universal Wallet
- Trusted UI
- Save your ID and data on phone
- DApps on mobile
- Phone’ll act as a node of Ethereum and Bitcoin
- Exodus forum for the users
At the moment there aren’t any official pictures of the phone, but the company has shared product drawings. You can find them embedded at the top.
HTC Vive founder Phil Chen will be spearheading the blockchain initiative. His new title will be “decentralized chief officer.”
Prior to HTC Exodus, Sirin Labs’ Finney appeared on the scene with a price tag of $1,000. It’ll be interesting to see if HTC will be another company to launch the $1,000 phone. The launch date is also yet to be announced.