Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

HTC planning a Blockchain-powered smartphone

HTC planning a Blockchain-powered smartphone

Similarly, there's no set release date beyond "by the end of the year". A blockchain friendly phone could also enable "direct trading of the native cryptocurrency with peers on the phone's network, without mining fees" according to Tech Crunch. Decentralization, as made possible by blockchain, is at the core of what the company announced today.

Phil Chen, the brain behind HTC's Virtual Reality (VR) headset "Vive" will be in charge of all blockchain and cryptocurrency related initiatives of HTC including "Exodus".

Through Exodus, we are excited to be supporting underlying protocols such as Bitcoin, Lightning Networks, Ethereum, Dfinity, and more.

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HTC has discovered the buzzword of the year, and chose to make a smartphone around it with their upcoming Exodus handset announcement during the Consensus 2018 blockchain conference in NY, where we recently saw a crypto-powered beer vending machine unveiled.

HTC's yet to announce pricing for its Exodus phone, but when it does go on sale, customers will be able to purchase it using, you guessed it, cryptocurrency.

HTC's bid for elevated smartphone security comes at a time of peak scrutiny for security and data privacy: Facebook's ongoing Cambridge Analytica scandal. Samsung last month was reported to be building blockchain network, but for its own global supply management. CryptoCurrency? Well, HTC thinks there's a lot of interest in it, so much so they're developing a blockchain friendly smartphone. Huawei has hopped on to blockchain bandwagon by hosting a bitcoin wallet on its phones. The company has also included a few advanced security features and claims the phone is virtually "tamper proof". So far, there is no word about when we might see the Exodus, but Sirin's Finney is now expected to launch in October. It has a 6-inch display at 18:9 aspect ratio, 402ppi and 1500:1 contrast ratio.

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