Till now, the Exodus 1 has, fittingly, solely been accessible for buy with cryptocurrency. Beginning at the moment, nonetheless, events will be capable to choose HTC’s blockchain telephone up via extra conventional means, together with USD, which costs the handset at a not unreasonable $699.
One assumes, after all, should you’ve acquired sufficient of an fascinated about buying a blockchain telephone that they’ve already acquired a little bit of Bitcoin, Ether or Litecoin mendacity about. This transfer, nonetheless, could be very clearly about serving to rising the product past its preliminary gentle launch. When the gadget was launched final yr, HTC was fairly clearly anticipating to promote it in restricted portions to customers who might primarily assist beta check the product within the wild.
HTC Decentralized Chief Officer Phil Chen calls the product the corporate’s 1.zero resolution. Actually, it’s planning to create a proper bounty program to find and patch potential exploits.
However HTC has lengthy held gadget like this may play an vital position in the way forward for an organization struggling to search out its manner because it feels the burn of a stagnating cellular trade. As mission head and Chen informed me on stage at a TechCrunch occasion in Shenzhen final yr that HTC is “as dedicated as they’re to the Vive. I don’t suppose it’s quantity one of many precedence checklist, however I might say it’s quantity three or 4.”
Once I spoke to Chen once more this month, simply forward of at the moment’s Cellular World Congress announcement, he informed me that HTC at the moment has 25 engineers dedicated to the mission. It’s maybe not an enormous quantity within the grand scheme of an organization the scale of HTC, nevertheless it’s a large chunk of manpower, contemplating the truth that the product is generally constructed utilizing present HTC . The corporate has additionally introduced in exterior assist like blockchain safety knowledgeable Christopher Allen to ensure issues are as safe as potential.
And certainly, I’ve been carrying an Exodus One round for a few week now, and it seems like a reasonably customary HTC handset, each by way of and Android software program, proper right down to the inclusion the size-squeezing Edge Sense.