Does the world really need a Blockchain phone? HTC thinks the answer is "yes" and it has hardware that supports it.
I spent some days with the HTC Exodus 1, and although I think phones need to be friendlier with the blockchain, I'm not sure if Exodus 1 is different enough to * blockchain * To become a telephone.
The HTC Exodus 1 is a fairly powerful device featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 16/12-megapixel reversing camera and an 8/8 megapixel dual-selfie camera 3.500mAh battery. Not quite comparable to the best cell phones at the moment, but not so far away either.
Design-wise, the HTC Exodus 1 is a mixed bag. It has a transparent back on which you can see some parts of the phone. This is partly fake; some of the chips are just drawings, but some of them are real, and overall i love the aesthetics. Just because of its back, it's probably the most beautiful phone I've ever had.
On the front of the Exodus, however, is a 6-inch screen with large bezels at the top and bottom. Two years ago that would have been nothing – and technically, there's still nothing wrong – but it's 2019, and the phone looks obsolete.
Some peculiarities of HTC make the Exodus slightly more interesting than the standard Android phone.I liked the haptic buttons on the sides of the phone and have actually used Edge Sense very frequently (by default the camera is turned on when you squeeze the phone, and this is indeed fast and convenient.) It also has the nicest packaging I've ever had.
Other things were not great. Face recognition often failed Fingerprint sensor on the back was on the slippery surface It is difficult to find the phone (you will get a transparent case with the phone and should definitely use it). The phone runs Android 8, which should not happen at this time. Some UI elements, such as the screen you receive when you receive a call, were just ugly.
A few more things to keep in mind. The phone is IP68 waterproof and dustproof, which is great. It does not have a headphone jack, which is not great.
When it comes to performance, some aspects of the Exodus were surprisingly good. I used it as the primary phone and shared the Wi-Fi hotspot with another phone and a laptop, and the battery lasted a full day.
But the phone's camera was often slow and the photos varied greatly in quality. Although I have taken some great, some aspects of the camera, such as bokeh mode, have been pretty awful. Below are some photos taken in Zagreb and Barcelona.
Telephone of the telephone chain
I should however, not just be considered as another phone. It's widely promoted as a chain-friendly phone, with a "secure enclave" element that protects your crypto keys, an integrated cryptocurrency wallet, and a host of other features that will be available later.
Unfortunately, all of this is mainly due to pre-installed third-party software. The Zion purse supplied with the phone supports Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and sixty other coins. It's okay, but if you're working with cryptocurrencies, you probably already have a wallet that you like, and since Zion is pretty simple, you probably do not want to switch.
Zion has a cool feature called "social key recovery" that uses some intelligent cryptography to securely store your private encryption keys with your friends (without having to do any of them individually) see) she, but that's about it.
As for the safe enclave, it should theoretically make Zion safer than a normal software-only wallet. Basically, this is a chip that works independently of the rest of the phone. Nothing on the Android operating system (except Zion) can access the private keys stored in it. It will take time and some testing by third party researchers to see if this is indeed the case.
Other crypto-friendly apps, such as the Brave browser and the Cryptocurrency Portfolio Tracker Blockfolio, are already integrated. You can also install it on any phone. In fact, some major manufacturers have already prevailed. The Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with a preinstalled Crypto Wallet.
The company just announced its partnership with the Opera browser, which can now use the browser Zion Wallet API to interact online with crypto services while protecting your private keys. The company also announced a store for remote apps (dApps) that can be played well on the phone. It's a good start, and as more apps are added, HTC and its exodus will continue to advance in the crypto game.
The HTC Exodus 1 is available for $ 699, which is not a terrible price for you, but given the price of some of the pretty powerful handsets that hit the market this week, it's not exactly an amazing deal either. If you trust HTC's Secure Enclave, Exodus 1 may be worth the price. If not, you're probably better off with any other phone and a separate hardware crypto exchange.