The Taiwanese electronics giant HTC launches a new smartphone Exodus 1S which makes it possible for its users to run a full Bitcoin node on the mobile. In the blockchain news today we dive in deeper to find out more about the new phone’s features.
In line with the previous announcement made on May 2019, HTC launches the Exodus 1S smartphone at the Lightning Conference in Berlin on October 19 and also started selling the first device during the event with the help of the Lightning payment network according to the press release from the company. The latest HTC Exodus 1S smartphone is a lower-cost version of the first HTC blockchain-powered phone Exodus 1 and also recently added support of Bitcoin Cash (BCH). It is currently priced at $233 and also the new device is available to buy using Ether (ETH), Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Binance Coin (BNB) according to the company’s press release. Apart from featuring send, receive, buy and sell options, HTC offered to lend and borrow options that also claim that the Exodus 1S is the first smartphone that is capable of running a full Bitcoin node.
The product will be available at first for the users in Europe, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and the UAE while other regions such as Germany and Switzerland will see launches later during the year as the company noted. The Decentralized Chief Officer at HTC Phil Chen, stated that the full nodes are one of the ‘’ most important ingredients in the resilience of the Bitcoin network’’ outlining that by launching the Exodus 1S the company has lowered the entry barrier so every person can run a full node and participate in the global network. Exodus 1 on the other hand, was the first blockchain-powered phone and its launch was announced for a presale in October 2018 and was instantly available in 34 regions including UK, US, and Hong Kong. In the middle of September, the decentralized offline crypto sales company PundiX introduced the blok on Blok blockchain smartphone at the IFA trade show also in Berlin. A while later, the South Korean electronics giant LG announced that they will also develop a blockchain smartphone in response to Samsung’s Klaytin blockchain phone.
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