After nearly seven months of waiting, the first unit of the HTC Exodus 1 has finally been shipped out from HTC’s consignment warehouse in China.
First announced in May, the blockchain-based Exodus smartphone quickly started to garner a lot of hype from the global crypto community.
However, even with the first unit now on its way to its owner, details regarding the actual phone itself remain quite scant. For starters, an online review by BitsBeTrippin, has left many enthusiasts scratching their heads since it appears as though the phone has issues even when trying to connect to a service provider.
Core features of the Exodus 1 include:
- Operating System: The phone runs exclusively on the Android O OS
- Looks and Presentation: The phone comes with a sleek design as well as a translucent rear case that allows owners to look at what’s inside the gadget.
- Secure Internet Browsing: For those individuals looking for a safe and secure internet experience, the smartphone comes pre-loaded with the Brave web-browser.
- Social Key Recovery: Instead of making use of a cold-storage solution, the Exodus deploys a system wherein five of your friends have a ‘shard’ of your key to unlock the private enclave. The downside, however, is that even if one of them loses access to their handheld device, you too might also have to forego all of your hard-earned crypto savings.
More on the Matter
As per some video reviews of the Exodus 1 that can be found on Youtube, the phone does not have the ability to serve as a “lite node” on the Bitcoin, Ethereum, or Litecoin network (a feature that was heavily advertised when the phone was first unveiled earlier this year).
However, it appears as though each handset serves as a ‘node’ within HTC’s propriety blockchain network (this feature will likely allow users on the network to trade cryptocurrencies with one another at bare minimum costs).
With that being said, it is worth noting that at the time of writing this article, details pertaining to the native HTC blockchain are quite limited.
With the Exodus 1 appearing to be quite underwhelming, many blockchain enthusiasts are now eagerly awaiting Samsung's decision on whether or not it will enter the blockchain smartphone market.
This is primarily because, in recent months, Samsung has filed for three unique trademark applications in the EU (these include Blockchain KeyStore, Blockchain Key Box, and Blockchain Core).