Tuesday October 23, 2018

HTC Launches Exodus 1 Blockchain Phone

As promised earlier this year, HTC launched their first blockchain phone. In many ways, the Exodus 1 resembles your typical HTC Android flagship, with a 6" 1440x2560 display, a Snapdragon 845 paired with 6GB of DDR4x RAM, a 3500mAh battery, 12MP + 16MP front facing cameras, IP68 water resistance, and HTC specific bells and whistles like Boomsound and Edge Sense. However, the phone also has a "secure enclave" that's designed to isolate cryptocurrency keys from the rest of the OS. Details on the features like "Trusted UI" and "Social Key Recovery" are scarce, but HTC elaborated a little here and here. As of this post, you can preorder the phone for 0.15 BTC or 4.78 ETHC, which works out to about $950 USD. HTC also posted a promotional video for the phone, which you can see below:

HTC has developed what it calls a "unique Social Key Recovery mechanism" in case your phone is lost or stolen, or if you've forgotten your cryptographic keys, which serve as your secure digital identity reference on the Exodus 1. This feature is marketed as an easy and secure way to recover lost keys. It essentially allows you to pick a few trustworthy contacts.