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HTC's Exodus phone can only be bought with Bitcoin and Ethereum

By Greg S ยท 11 replies
Oct 23, 2018
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  1. Cryptocurrency enthusiasts now have a new gadget to take a look at. HTC has revealed the specs to its Exodus 1 phone and has made it available for pre-order.

    Similar to many other flagship devices, the Exodus has a Snapdragon 845 processor and features a 6-inch QHD+ 18:9 display. On the rear, a 12MP + 16MP camera setup offers zoom while dual 8MP cameras on the front produce a natural Bokeh effect. Shooting video in 4K60fps is available with 3D audio recording.

    The Exodus includes 6GB of DDR4x memory and has 128GB of UFS2.1 internal storage. Android Oreo is the default operating system but will hopefully be updated to Pie soon enough. Support for fast charging will allow its 3500mAh battery to be topped up. It is also IP68 rated for water and dust resistance.

    HTC is also including Edge Sense 2 for squeezes and additional gestures intended to make one-handed operation easier.

    Getting past all the regular jargon, HTC has built a social key recovery system for blockchain wallets. In the event a phone containing cryptocurrency is lost or stolen, it would be awful to lose your wallet as well. Upon setting up a wallet on the phone, it is possible to send several trusted individuals part of a secret key.

    Each trusted party must download a key management app and then give you their part of the secret key. Once assembled, it is possible to pull any funds from the phone's storage and transfer them to a safe location.

    The Exodus 1 is going to be available to 34 countries and will start shipping in December. The most notable lack of availability is in China due to restrictions on cryptocurrency within the country. Pricing is set at 0.15 BTC or 4.78 ETH with no other payment options accepted for purchase. Currently, this equates to around $950. It is unclear whether HTC plans to continuously adjust the price to account for volatility.

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  2. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,934   +1,203

    Nope, too expensive. But for those screwing with crypto-currency, they would.
  3. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 688   +527

    So this means gamers should avoid these?
  4. fl21289

    fl21289 TS Booster Posts: 94   +76

    It means everyone should avoid this... don't trust my real money with fake online money.
    Reehahs and Dimitrios like this.
  5. Greg S

    Greg S TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,607   +443

    Personally I think gamers have several better options available. Gaming is not the primary focus of this device.
  6. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 688   +527

    I guess you didn't "get" my comment. Using bitcoins means more mining = more video cards purchased by miners = higher video card prices = bad for gamers.
  7. kevbev89

    kevbev89 TS Maniac Posts: 181   +162

    I kind of feel like you r/whooshed everybody and yourself on this one...
  8. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 688   +527

    My reply was my original intent - spelled out. I thought it was "witty". I hope there was at least one other person who got on the first read. :)
  9. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +163

    but....this is a phone not a computer with a graphics card in it. so how does mining from a phone effect that?
  10. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 688   +527

    Uh, is the article about mining with the phone? The article is about it can only be bought with bitcoins, not that the phone is used for mining. "no other payment options accepted for purchase"

    The main reason video cards prices are absurdly high is because of mining. You can only buy this phone with bitcoins, which are created with video card GPUs. Not seeing the correlation?
  11. Dimitrios

    Dimitrios TS Guru Posts: 432   +311

    The day I take Crypto seriously is when I can pay my bills with it.
  12. NightAntilli

    NightAntilli TS Maniac Posts: 298   +219

    What makes your money more 'real'? Nowadays money is not much more than a number typed into a computer. That you have a physical paper/coin equivalent does not really add to its validity. That same paper can be worthless tomorrow for a bunch of reasons.

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