HTC is gearing up for the launch of its next flagship smartphone that will be unveiled on May 23rd. Today, the company announced its plans to make a new blockchain-powered Android smartphone, dubbed as HTC Exodus.
HTC’s Exodus is still quite a mystery, although we have got some bits more about the smartphone, unlike the images, which were still limited. Well, the HTC’s chief reveals that the smartphone is in a nebulous release date of Q3 this year.
Company’s chief crypto officer, a position that really exists said;
In the new internet age people are generally more conscious about their data, this a perfect opportunity to empower the user to start owning their digital identity. The Exodus is a great place to start because the phone is the most personal device, and it is also the place where all your data originates from. I’m excited about the opportunity it brings to decentralize the internet and reshape it for the modern user.
Prior to the launch, the company is partnering with the popular blockchain title, CryptoKitties. The company says the partnership marks the beginning of a “platform and distribution channel for creatives who make unique digital goods”.
This collaboration will also feed the scarcity of decentralized apps. The game will be available on a small selection of the company’s handsets starting with the U12+. HTC will also be partnering with Bitmark to help accomplish this.
HTC Exodus: A Blockchain-Powered Phone
According to TheNextWeb, the Exodus phone will offer an improved experience of cryptocurrency and DApp users over the regular smartphones. The phone will also have universal wallet (including support Bitcoin, Dfinity, Lightning Networks and more) and hardware support for cryptocurrencies and decentralized apps.
Blockchain smartphones are praised to offer better security and user experience by integrating cold wallet storage right into the phone and enabling direct trading of the native cryptocurrency with peers on the phone’s network, without mining fees.
Coming back to HTC Exodus, no pricing details or release date have been seen yet, but one thing is for sure that users will have to purchase the phone using cryptocurrency.
It is interesting to see a range of companies coming towards blockchain seeking more profits and to remain competitive to decentralized networks. What do you think about this device? let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.