Electronics Giant HTC Announces Presale of Its Blockchain Smartphone Exodus in BTC, ETH

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Taiwanese electronics company HTC has announced the presale of its widely-discussed blockchain smartphone, Exodus 1, the product's official Twitter account reveals Oct. 23.

The Exodus 1 presale was officially announced today during the Web3 summit, taking place Oct. 22-24 in Berlin.

According to the HTC Exodus website, "Early access" to the phone can currently only be purchased via Bitcoin or Ethereum, and is available to 34 regions, including the U.S., U.K. and Hong Kong.

At press time, pre-orders for the Exodus 1 are listed at around $960, with shipping date stated as December 2018.

HTC first revealed its plan to launch blockchain-powered smartphone back in May 2018.

The company then promised Exodus 1 would support "Multiple blockchain protocols," such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Lightning Network, and Dfinity network, as well as boast a universal cryptocurrency wallet.

In July, HTC confirmed its plans to install a native crypto wallet inside its phone.

Later that month Litecoin founder Charlie Lee revealed that he would consult HTC in the making of the blockchain smartphone.

The current Exodus 1 is not exactly what HTC had promised earlier, as U.S. tech journal The Verge points out.

When announced in May, as The Verge reports, HTC's "Decentralized chief officer" Phil Chen had said that each Exodus phone would function as a "Node" to facilitate bitcoin trading.