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21st of May 2018

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HTC Unveils Exodus, a Blockchain-Powered Smartphone

HTC Exodus

HTC wants every one of its forthcoming Exodus smartphones to be a node on a blockchain network.

HTC Vive creator Phil Chen took the stage at the Consensus conference in New York City today to announce his return to the hardware maker, where he will lead its grand entrance into the blockchain and cryptocurrency space with the HTC Exodus.

The Exodus is a forthcoming Android smartphone project (release date TBD) that will feature a universal cryptocurrency wallet, a "secure hardware enclave," and support interoperability. The smartphone will work with multiple blockchain protocols, Chen said.

The Exodus phone will launch with support for the Bitcoin, Lightning Network, Ethereum, and Dfinity networks, but more partnerships will be announced over the next few months to support the entire blockchain ecosystem. The goal, he said, is "to help underlying protocols expand their base of dedicated nodes."

After two years at Horizon Ventures, Chen returns to HTC as its new Decentralized Chief Officer heading up blockchain and cryptocurrency initiatives. The Exodus is the first native blockchain phone dedicated to bringing end consumers decentralized application (DApp) experiences. HTC's goal is to build a device that will empower users to own their own identity and data, and keep it on their phones rather than in the cloud.

"I want to see a world where the end consumers can truly own their data—browsing history, identity, assets, wallets, emails, messaging—without the need for central authorities," said Chen. "There is a lot of work ahead of us, but I believe the mobile hardware layer can contribute significantly to our new decentralized world."

Chen didn't give a price point for the HTC Exodus, but said HTC may accept cryptocurrency as a form of payment when it's available. Users can reserve a smartphone on the Exodus website.

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