Whatever you might say regarding HTC (and trust me, there’s plenty to say), at least the company is taking some interesting opportunity.
As freshly minted CEO Yves Maitre acknowledged at Disrupt a few weeks ago, the once-powerful smartphone titan has lost its thread in recent years. But if nothing else, the Exodus project marks a glimpse into the future of a potential smartphone.
With the launch of Exodus 1s at the Berlin Lightning Conference this weekend, HTC aims to make it clear that the project is more than just a one-off. The new device lowers the entry barrier to € 219 (~$244). All stated it’s not a bad price for those searching to dabble in technology. Oh and obviously, it’s available in all the different related cryptocurrencies.
The details were understandably sorrowful. there’s a Snapdragon 435, running Android 8.1. The display is a 5.7-inch HD+, combined with a respectable 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Oh and there’s a micro USB socket and, yeah, a headphone jack. Frankly, this is a fairly low-end device, all told.
The big difference here is the inclusion of a hardware wallet and access to the Bitcoin network. “We gave users the ability to own their keys, and now we’ve gone one step further to allow users to run their full Bitcoin node,” HTC’s Phil Chen said in a release tied to the news.
“We are providing the tools for access to universal basic finance; the tools to have a metaphorical Swiss bank in your pocket,” Maitre informed me the other week that he always believes in the widespread use of blockchain on these phones is more than two to three years off.
What the 1s provide, nevertheless, is an inexpensive way to see what engineering offers now. Interested parties in Europe Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE can order it online from today onward.