HTC finally announces its first phone for 2019, but most people won't want it

HTC finally announces its first phone for 2019, but most people won't want it
Sure, HTC has sort of disappeared from the mainstream smartphone market although a new mid-range model was recently spotted on a benchmark site. And yes, it will have a 5G phone that is expected to be unveiled in the second half of this year. In fact, HTC's silence on social media has recently been broken by some new tweets including one revealing when three models will receive Android 9.

The last phone HTC released was the Exodus 1, a device that supports the blockchain and cryptocurrency investing. Today, HTC's Decentralized Chief Officer Phil Chen announced (via Mashable) that it will offer next quarter a lower priced version of the phone, which it will call the Exodus 1s. HTC says that it will be "a more value-oriented version" than the original and will be priced in the range of $250-$300 compared to the $699 that the OG model costs. The phone's specs and other information will be released at a later date.

Blockchains are used to store cryptocurrency transactions. Each new transaction adds a new block to the chain. The blocks are made up of coded information including data about the transaction listed in the previous block, a time stamp, and data related to a new transaction. It is considered resistant to hacking since changing one block would require that changes be made to all blocks and this requires approval from the majority of those using the network.

The Exodus 1s will also feature a full Bitcoin node, not available with the Exodus 1. This feature means that not only will the full blockchain history of Bitcoin be available over the phone, users will also be able to send their Bitcoin transactions to the network instead of using their secure wallet. Considering that the entire blockchain is over 200GB, HTC says it will use a pruning technique that reduces it to 10GB to make syncing to it faster. Still, Chen says that Exodus 1s users are going to want to use Wi-Fi. Those who want to see the full Bitcoin blockchain will have to carry an extra microSD card on their person.

The HTC Exodus 1 and Exodus 1s can store cryptocurrency but can't mine for them


The Exodus phones include Zion, a secure private vault that allows users to complete cryptocurrency transactions and store, send and receive Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin, selected ERC-20 tokens, and ERC-721 collectibles. The Zion trusted UI allows you to make a transaction involving your cryptocurrency assets without having to worry whether malware in Android is stealing your personal information.

The Exodus phones include the Zion secure private vault that store, receive and send your cryptocurrencies

The Exodus phones include the Zion secure private vault that store, receive and send your cryptocurrencies


While the Exodus phones are useful for safely storing and handling transactions with your cryptocurrency, you will not be able to mine the virtual currencies on these handsets. This is the process that authenticates a cryptocurrency transaction and adds it to the blockchain. It is actually a competition that requires the use of specialized and powerful computers, and the first miner to solve the equation is rewarded with some cryptocurrency of his own. The computing power required for this process is much more than available on any smartphone.

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14 Comments

1. Kdk2020

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 27, 2016

Just HTC doing HTC things

6. TheOracle1

Posts: 1868; Member since: May 04, 2015

I'm now certain that HTC is a front to laundering money. How else do you explain the bonehead decisions they make? Don't the executives have friends or relatives who tell them they're idiots?

9. Abdbaas

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Hahahahhaha XD love it

10. perry1234

Posts: 623; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

LOL! Funny

2. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 620; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

"HTC finally announces its first phone for 2019, but most people won't want it." Yeah, no sh*t. Most people haven't wanted HTC phones for many years now.

3. SyCo87

Posts: 278; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

They're a company that lost their way along time ago.

4. iloveapps

Posts: 362; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

RIP HTC

5. japkoslav

Posts: 1331; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Hopefully not - it's a "LG disaster type of situation" I like. HTC will release a phone that is not bad, but with unrealistic price - it does not sell at all (obviously), 6-12 month later bam 50% discount = good value phone.

7. Natko

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 05, 2013

Decentralized chief officer!?

8. Povea

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 03, 2015

Those at helm of HTC are probably Apple and Samsung moles that are hell-bent on seeing HTC gone for good.

12. Allday28

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

Yeah cause that makes sense from a business standpoint. Lol

11. User123456789

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

This one $300 must be with Mediatek P70

13. Vulpecula

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 12, 2019

Somebody, please Help This Company

14. highwaysnobbery

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Lol, accurate!

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