Taiwanese electronics giant HTC has announced a new, more affordable version of its Exodus 1s smartphone — a device that comes with a built-in hardware wallet for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The highlight feature of the device is that it can function as a full node.
“Full nodes are the most important ingredient in the resilience of the Bitcoin network and we have lowered the barrier to entry for any person to run a node.” - Phil Chen, chief decentralized officer at HTC, said in a press release.
It will initially roll out in Europe, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. The new HTC Exodus 1s costs €219 (around $244) and allows owners to buy, sell, send, receive, lend, and borrow cryptocurrency directly from the device.
In fact, HTC recommends only using the feature while the phone is connected to WiFi and plugged into its power adapter. The HTC Exodus 1s can also store the entire Bitcoin ledger. To take advantage of this aspect of the phone, need a microSD card with at least 400GB of storage (sold separately). The current size of the full ledger is closing on 250 GB.
Like its predecessor, the Exodus 1s supports HTC's Zion wallet. The software allows the 1s to store, send and receive a variety of cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin and Steller, as well as Etherum-based ERC-20 and ERC-721 tokens.