HTC has introduced a new entry-level phone geared toward cryptocurrency customers known as the HTC Exodus 1S, a followup to the $699 Exodus 1 that was initially launched final 12 months. The Exodus 1S is a less expensive system at €219 (round $244), and gives a lot much less highly effective {hardware} constructed round a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor.

The Exodus 1S’s large new cryptocurrency characteristic is that it’s capable of run a full bitcoin node, which HTC says is a first for a smartphone. It’s one thing the firm has been speaking about desirous to do since the announcement of the authentic Exodus 1. Speaking to Forbes, HTC’s Phil Chen mentioned that with the ability to run a full node implies that the phone can relay, verify, and validate bitcoin transactions, which gives extra privateness and additionally means that you can contribute to the safety of the community.

Running a full bitcoin node on a phone comes with its limitations. HTC recommends that you simply join the phone to Wi-Fi and plug it into a energy supply whereas it’s working the full node, and you’ll additionally want to purchase an SD card with a capability of 400GB or extra if you would like the phone to have the ability to maintain a full copy of the Bitcoin ledger. The Exodus 1S will even not be capable to function as a mining node.

Outside of its blockchain capabilities, the HTC Exodus 1S options entry-level {hardware}. It’s acquired a 5.7-inch HD show, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of inside storage, and it has a single rear-facing 13-megapixel digital camera. It costs over MicroUSB, however at the least you get a 3.5mm headphone jack.

HTC’s Exodus telephones are an bold try by the firm to attraction to cryptocurrency fans as its smartphone gross sales have plummeted lately. Compared to the Exodus 1, the cheaper beginning price of the Exodus 1S might make it interesting as a secondary system to experiment with.

The HTC Exodus 1S gained’t be obtainable in the US, however now you can order it from HTC’s web site in Europe, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Naturally, HTC will fortunately settle for cost in bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin, Binance coin, and bitcoin money for the phone.

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