HTC’s getting into blockchain with the Exodus phone

HTC Exodus

Blockchain has become the hot new buzzword of the tech world in recent years, and HTC is trying to stake a claim by launching the first native blockchain phone. It’s not quite the first in this arena though, as there’s also the Sugar S11 Blockchain Creation Edition and the Sirin Finney smartphone to give it some competition.

Dubbed the HTC Exodus, the project is being headed by Phil Chen, the brains behind the company’s hit HTC Vive. The VR headset is very popular and came out during virtual reality’s early days. Perhaps the company wants to replicate this success by dipping its toes into yet another niche sector.

In a Medium post, Chen talks about bringing customers the best decentralized application (DApp) experiences through an in-built secure hardware enclave. The Exodus will also help underlying protocols expand its base of dedicated nodes, which in turn will expand the total blockchain ecosystem and allow for convenient cryptocurrency trading.

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Chen says that the Exodus will support cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Lightning Networks, and Dfinity with the intent of interoperability between blockchains. The handset will further get its hands on a universal wallet and allow owners to store their data on their device rather than a centralized cloud.

It seems HTC is thinking of accepting cryptocurrency payments for the Exodus, but a price hasn’t been fixed yet. People can reserve the phone here. There’s no fixed launch date for it yet. The company hasn’t even revealed what the phone looks like, only providing the sketch up top.