18 November 2018
HTC has finally confirmed that it will be launching its blockchain smartphone Exodus on October 22nd. The confirmation came via a post shared on an Instagram account dedicated to the smartphone. The post features a short video clip which does not reveal anything specific about the phone except for revealing the launch date.
Most of the details regarding the HTC Exodus are unknown at the moment as HTC has refrained from talking about them so far. It seems like it wants to keep everything a secret until the official unveiling. The only thing it has been touting about the phone is that it will be "world's first cold wallet phone with key recovery". It is also known that the phone will support different types of cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin and Etherium along with decentralized apps.
There is also a dedicated website for the phone where HTC has shared its vision:
"Our vision is to expand the blockchain ecosystem by creating 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. With over two decades of experience manufacturing the world’s leading smartphones, and shipping over 100 million phones, we believe we can help reshape the internet with the HTC Exodus. Join us and together we will make decentralization a reality."
While we have seen blockchain and cryptocurrency focused smartphones earlier as well, it will be the first time we will see a major and globally established smartphone maker doing so. The project is headed by HTC's Chief Crypto Office Phi Chen who also worked on the company's Vive virtual reality platform.
He has decided to keep mum about most of the things related to the phone but said that it will be made available globally except China. He further said that the HTC Exodus is likely to cost anywhere around $1000.