HTC has announced a new basic phone aimed at cryptocurrency users called HTC Exodus 1S, a $ 699 Exodus 1 tracking that was originally launched last year. The Exodus 1S is a much cheaper device at € 219 (around $ 244), and offers much less powerful hardware built around a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor.
The new Exodus 1S cryptocurrency feature is that it can run a full bitcoin node, which HTC says is the first time for a smartphone. It's something that the company has been talking about wanting to do since the announcement of the original Exodus 1. Talking to Forbes Phil Chen of HTC said that being able to run a complete node means that the phone can relay, confirm and validate 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 the phone to Wi-Fi and connect it to a power source while running the full node, and you will also need to buy an SD card with a capacity of 400 GB or more if you want the phone to be able to keep a complete copy of the Bitcoin ledger. The Exodus 1S also cannot function as a mining node.
Outside its blockchain capabilities, the HTC Exodus 1S features entry-level hardware. It has a 5.7-inch HD screen, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, and has a single 13-megapixel rear camera. It is charged through MicroUSB, but at least you get a 3.5mm headphone jack.
HTC Exodus phones are an ambitious attempt by the company to attract cryptocurrency enthusiasts, as its smartphone sales have plummeted in recent years. Compared to Exodus 1, the cheapest starting price of Exodus 1S could make it attractive as a secondary device to experiment.
HTC Exodus 1S will not be available in the US UU., But now you can request it on the HTC site in Europe, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Naturally, HTC will gladly accept payment in bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin, Binance currency and bitcoin cash for the phone.