HTC’s new $300 blockchain phone will double as a Bitcoin node


Taiwainese mobile phone manufacturer HTC is launching a more affordable blockchain phone with full Bitcoin BTC node capabilities.

Originally announced last month, the Exodus 1S will be launching in Q3 this year and will have an extra SD card to support its blockchain capabilities. For what it’s worth, HTC was gunning to include node capabilities in the Exodus 1, but the company ultimately decided to drop the functionality for the device’s first iteration – perhaps due to Google’s updated Play store policy that forbids on-device mining.

The manufacturer has not shared a specific launch date but says the device will be priced at around $250-300.

Phil Chen, HTC’s Decentralized Chief Office, told Hard Fork he would not divulge details about Exodus 1, the S1’s precursor, sales performance but said the company was “happy and even excited by what we have seen so far in terms of sales … and they’re on track with internal targets.”

In terms of marked differences with the previous device, Exodus 1S is being priced at a lower mark in a bid to “broaden the reach and adoption of blockchain and crypto technology with a more value focused offering.”

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