HTC has announced a new entry-level phone aimed at cryptocurrency users called the HTC Exodus 1S, a sequel to the $ 699 Exodus 1, which was originally launched last year. The Exodus 1S is a much cheaper device, priced at € 219 (about $ 244) and offers much less powerful hardware built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435.
The big new cryptocurrency of the Exodus 1S is that it is capable of launching full bitcoin node, which HTC says is the first for a smartphone. That's what the company says it wants to do after the announcement of the original Exit 1. Speaking to Forbes HTC's Phil Chen said that being able to launch a full node means the phone can retransmits, confirms and validates bitcoin transactions, which offers more privacy and also allows you to contribute to network security.
Running a full bitcoin node on a phone comes with its limitations. HTC recommends that you connect your phone to Wi-Fi and plug it into a power source while running at full capacity, and you will also need to purchase an SD card with a capacity of 400 GB or more if you want the phone to be able to hold its full capacity copy of bitcoin book. Exodus 1
In addition to its blockchain capabilities, the HTC Exodus 1S has entry-level hardware. It has a 5.7-inch HD display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and has a single rear 13MP camera. It charges through MicroUSB, but at least you get a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The HTC Exodus Phones are an ambitious attempt by the company to appeal to cryptocurrency enthusiasts as its smartphone sales have fallen in recent years. Compared to the Exodus 1, the cheaper starting price of the Exodus 1S can make it attractive as a secondary device for experimentation.
The HTC Exodus 1S will not be available in the US, but you can already order it from the HTC website in Europe, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Of course, HTC will gladly accept Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Binance and Bitcoin cash payments.