HTC has announced a new entry-level phone for cryptocurrency users called HTC Exodus 1S, a follow-up to last year's $ 699 Exodus 1 release. The Exodus 1S is a much cheaper device at 219 euros and offers much less powerful hardware based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor.
The big new cryptocurrency feature of the Exodus 1S is that it can run a full Bitcoin node, which, according to HTC, is a first for a smartphone. It's something the company has been talking about since announcing the original Exodus 1. In a conversation with Forbes HTC's Phil Chen said that the ability to run a full node means that the phone can forward and confirm and validate bitcoin transactions, which provides more privacy and allows you to contribute to the security of the network.
Running a full Bitcoin node on a phone is included in the limitations. HTC recommends that you connect the phone to Wi-Fi and connect to a power source while the entire node is running. Also, if you want to use the phone, you will need to buy an SD card with a capacity of 400 GB or more capable of keeping a complete copy of the Bitcoin ledger. The Exodus 1
Outside of its blockchain capabilities, the HTC Exodus 1S has entry-level hardware. It features a 5.7-inch HD display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a single rear 13-megapixel camera. It will charge via MicroUSB, but you'll get at least a 3.5mm headphone jack.
HTC's Exodus phones are an ambitious attempt by the company to appeal to cryptography enthusiasts as smartphone sales have plummeted in recent years. The cheaper entry-level price of the Exodus 1S could make it attractive compared to the Exodus 1 as a second device to experiment.
The HTC Exodus 1S is not available in the USA. However, you can order it from HTC in Europe, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Of course, HTC also gladly accepts payments with Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Binance coins and Bitcoin cash for the phone.