You Don't Have to Buy HTC's Blockchain Phone with Cryptocurrency

By Holly Brockwell on at

If you missed it (and plenty of people did, because they've smartly set all emails labelled "blockchain" to forward directly to /dev/null), HTC has made a blockchain-based phone called Exodus 1.

It's part of Project Exodus, an effort to make a phone for the security-conscious, increasingly decentralised internet community.

The phone costs $699 (about £530) and preorders opened back in October, but you could only pay in Bitcoin or Ethereum (not even DogeCoin? Rude). HTC eventually added Litecoin and Binance Coin, but HTC has now said it'll accept orders in US dollars and other mainstream ("fiat") currencies.

It's interesting that not everyone who wants a blockchain phone wants to pay in the thing blockchain is best known for, but it's entirely possible people want the phone for its security. That said, it'll still be a very niche phone, and previous security-focused one-off phones haven't exactly succeeded -- the infamous Turing phone, for instance.

The HTC Exodus has an interesting transparent design like the Xiaomi Mi 9, although Xiaomi admitted most of that was just for show.

The phone also includes Zion, HTC's own cryptocurrency wallet. The Samsung Galaxy S10 was rumoured to include a Samsung blockchain keystore, for instance, though we haven't seen much of it since.

Currently, the HTC Exodus site still only has the crypto option, but according to VentureBeat, that won't be the case for much longer.

Are you interested in the Exodus, or is HTC barking up the wrong tree entirely with this hardware approach? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.