Whatever you might say about HTC (and believe me, that's a lot to say), at least the company is taking some fascinating chances. As recently announced CEO Yves Maitre admitted to me at Disrupt a couple of weeks back, the once-powerful smartphone giant has lost track of the past few years. But if nothing else, the Exodus project marks a glimpse of a potential smartphone future.
With this weekend's launch of Exodus 1s at Berlin's Lightning conference, HTC aims to make it clear that the project is more than just a one-time launch. The new unit lowers the entry barrier to € 219 (~ $ 244). All told, not a bad price for those who want to dabble in technology. Oh, and obviously it's available in all different equivalent cryptocurrencies.
The specifications are suitably rather bleak. It's a Snapdragon 435 running Android 8.1. The display is a 5.7 inch HD +, combined with a decent 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Oh, and it's a microUSB port and, good news, a headphone jack. Frankly, it's a pretty advanced device, all told.
The big difference here is the inclusion of a hardware wallet and access to the Bitcoin node. "We gave users the opportunity to own their own keys, and now we've gone a step further to allow users to run their own full Bitcoin node," HTC's Phil Chen said in a news release. "We provide the tools for access to universal basic funding; the tools to have a metaphorical Swiss bank in your pocket." is more than two or three years out, but the 1s provide is a cheap way to see what the technology provides today. Interested parties in Europe, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE can order it online as of today.