The first blockchain smartphone HTC Exodus 1: a detailed review

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The first blockchain smartphone HTC Exodus 1: a detailed review

“We believe that we can reform the Internet together, give people the opportunity to own their personal data and assets,”

this is how the description of the blockchain-smartphone HTC Exodus 1 begins.

About the start of development, it became known in May 2018. Already in late October, the blockchain smartphone was presented in Berlin.

The project was supported by the creators of Ethereum Vitalik Buterin and Litecoin Charlie Lee. That is why soon HTC Exodus 1 will be available in 34 countries. However, it can be bought only for cryptocurrency.

An interesting fact: the price of a crypto smartphone is fixed. Even in October, its price was about $ 1000, and now it is half as much because of the rate drop.

The basic idea of a crypto smartphone

The key idea of HTC Exodus 1 is the combination of blockchain technology and a smartphone, which is always within the user’s reach. The appearance of the device does not differ from a regular phone, and the technical characteristics are the same as the U12 + model from the NTS line.

The key idea of HTC Exodus 1 is the combination of blockchain technology and a smartphone, which is always within the user’s reach. The appearance of the device does not differ from a regular phone, and the technical characteristics are the same as the U12 + model from the NTS line.

The smartphone has an Android Oreo operating system, a six-inch Quad HD + display, an eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with a clock speed of up to 2.8 GHz. RAM – 6 GB with a capacity of 128 GB flash drive. Battery capacity – 3500 mAh.

Now about the differences. The Secure Enclave security coprocessor built into the model allows you to secure and hide the data of the built-in crypto wallet from the Android OS.
The wallet can be used to store access keys to the system. In case of loss or theft of a smartphone, a recovery key is provided that will be activated after the connection of initially separated seed phrases.

Brave blockchain browser

Another phenomenal difference between a crypto smartphone and a regular phone is the default Brave crypto browser.

Its creators have a fundamentally new approach to advertising. Now the user leaves on the Internet too much personal data, and then they pop up in the form of advertising on the websites that he visits.

Therefore, Brave by default blocks intrusive advertising and replaces it with a user-programmable ad block that does not overload the device.

For blocking one type and setting up a different kind of advertising, Brave wants to pay with BAT tokens from the Brave Rewards payment system.

Now the function with the transfer of internal coins is at the initial testing level. But advertisers and browser users will enter into partnership agreements and report malicious ads.

Users need to register in the Brave system to receive BAT payments. The received tokens can be converted into fiat money.

Each coin, as usual, has two sides. HTC is now in a financial crisis and is looking for new ideas to implement its ideas. That’s why it paid attention to this product.

But the publication of Ars Technica and some other critics were skeptical about the moral and legal aspects of Brave’s behavior: “hitting the double jackpot, and in general, Brave looks like a robbery.”

However, Brave already has 4.7 million users on Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS and Linux devices.

The deals between two developing companies that already have an audience are essential for browser promotion which income is generated depending on the amount of traffic.

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