Taiwanese mobile company HTC, is launching a mobile phone powered by blockchain technology. The company shared that they will call it Exodus.
The blockchain-powered mobile phone will have its own universal wallet and a secure hardware that can support cryptocurrencies and decentralized applications (DApps).
This project is headed by Mr. Phil Chen, the creator of HTC’s virtual reality headset Vive. He will facilitate all cryptocurrency and blockchain-related ideas in the company and that includes Exodus.
The company will also create its own native blockchain network for its Exodus phones to act as nodes. This will enable the users to do cryptocurrency trading to other Exodus phone users.
“Through Exodus, we are excited to be supporting underlying protocols such as Bitcoin, Lightning Networks, Ethereum, Dfinity, and more. We would like to support the entire blockchain ecosystem, and in the next few months we’ll be announcing many more exciting partnerships together.” – Mr. Phil Chen, Decentralized Chief Officer, HTC
Since the phone is blockchain-powered, HTC is also considering cryptocurrencies as a form of payment. The price is yet to be decided.
Currently, there is no price or launch date for Exodus but reservations are ongoing at HTC’s official website: https://www.htcexodus.com/#reserve-now.
HTC is not the only company testing the power of the blockchain in mobile manufacturing. Sirin Labs also has a blockchain smartphone that is scheduled to launch on October 2018. The Sirin Labs’ mobile phone is reported to be $1,000 per unit.