HTC plans to release this year, Exodus smartphone with support for cryptocurrency wallets and decentralized applications. About The Verge was told by the project Manager Phil Chan.
According to Chen, Exodus will come with a wallet that is protected at the hardware level. Because of this, users will be able to store cryptocurrency on the smartphone and safe to make transactions with her. During the conversation with the journalist of the Verge, the HTC employee mentioned Bitcoin, Lightning Networks, Ethereum and Dfinity.
HTC is not the first company that creates blockchain smartphone. In 2017 Sirin Labs has introduced a smartphone Finney for $ 1,000, which is due out in October this year. According to Chen, the price of Exodus will be “comparable” with Finney.
Chen said he first proposed the creation of a blockchain-smartphone in 2015. But then the user HTC has rejected the idea. In December 2017, when the cryptocurrency was at the peak of popularity, HTC thought about the project, Chen and decided to renew it.
HTC still can not get out of internal crisis. The number of produced smartphones in the first quarter of 2018 declined three times, compared to the same period in 2017. At the beginning of this year, HTC sold the mobile division of Google. In July, the company laid off 1,500 people. Smartphone Exodus in many respects will be decisive for HTC, but analysts are not sure that it will be in great demand.
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