Cryptocurrency is an incredibly niche and volatile technology, and basing an entire phone around it seems like something only diehard blockchain enthusiasts will take to. While the Taiwanese company has consolidated much of its mobile offerings in recent years, it announced today at the Consensus 2018 blockchain conference in NY that its upcoming Exodus handset is embracing everyone's favorite tech buzzword.
With APIs and a trusted hardware stack that includes the kernel and secure enclave, the phone will connect to various wallets. HTC plans to create a native blockchain network with all Exodus units acting as nodes to facilitate cryptocurrency trading among their owners.
In other words, the Exodus device will act as a way for users to connect to a decentralized network, as well as an actual storage option for users to "carry" their cryptocurrencies.
Overseeing the project is Phil Chen, best known as the founder of HTC's Vive virtual reality headset business. While the Exodus phone maintains a crypto-connection, its important to understand the basics of blockchain outside of cryptocurrencies to see how revolutionary this device could be. Chen, who now holds the title of "chief decentralized officer", will head all of the firm's cryptocurrency and blockchain-related initiatives. You will be able to buy Exodus using cryptocurrency as well, but no pricing or ETA has been released just yet. Similarly, there's no set release date beyond "by the end of the year". Last September, Sirin Labs announced a $1,000 blockchain-powered handset which is slated to launch in October 2018. In fact, i'll bet that these phones which double as a cryptocurrency wallet will become a prime target for attacks, and hope HTC is aware of this when developing it.