HTC unveils an even cheaper blockchain phone for $250

During the waning height of cryptomania, former smartphone king HTC unveiled an ambitious plan to release its own blockchain-focused smartphone under the banner of the Exodus smartphone.

While HTC made good on its promise and ultimately did unveil the Exodus, the company now faces a shrinking market and interest base amongst crypto enthusiasts – and now the firm has doubled down on its efforts and has released the Exodus 1s – a cheaper device that is intended for Bitcoin and crypto enthusiasts who aren’t willing to part with the breadth and scope of their funds just yet.

The Exodus 1s arrives on the market with only one major selling point: it can run a full Bitcoin node.

In layman’s terms, the Bitcoin network is now a sprawling ledger that requires over 260GB of storage to secure. While it’s not necessary to download and retain the full ledger – one could rely on a trusted node to only interpret part of the blockchain at a time – one would require the entire ledger itself to read, maintain, and write new transactions after their verification through the mining process.

To take full advantage of this feature, however, users will also need to purchase an SD card with more than 300GB of storage space (given the present size of the ledger) and would need to purchase a 1TB card to at least ensure longevity into the future, given the ledger grows by around 60GB per year.

The Exodus 1s’ Zion wallet supports Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin and Steller, and ERC-20 and newer ERC-721 tokens. Broadly, the smartphone brings to market a Snapdragon 435 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of built-in internal storage, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a MicroUSB port for charging as well as a rear-facing fingerprint sensor. A single 13-megapixel camera and a 13-megapixel selfie camera handle photography requirements, and the device will ship with Android Oreo 8.1.

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