HTC launches a cheaper version of its blockchain phone

HTC is launching a more affordable version of its blockchain-friendly smartphone. The slightly smaller take on the Exodus 1 released last year, the Exodus 1s was launched on Saturday. That phone initially cost 0.15 bitcoins — over $1,189 at current prices, similar to that of a high-end iPhone or Galaxy — although the company subsequently let people buy it in dollars for $699.

The phone maker’ latest device costs 219 euros ($244), or the equivalent in cryptocurrency. But the big difference with this handset, according to HTC’s Phil Chen, is that it comes packed with cryptocurrency-related features that will let users exchange, lend and borrow digital assets. He added that the first phone met the firm’s own sales targets.

“This is a completely different device,” Chen, who serves as HTC’s “decentralized chief officer,” said. “The Exodus 1 is still available and is hitting our internal targets. We’ve been delighted with the response.”
First thins first, however, the hardware itself. There really is no way around it, the 1s has pretty terrible hardware for 2019. You are looking at a Snapdragon 435 chipset, along with 4GB of RAM, pushing pixels on a 5.7-inch, 18:9 HD+ display. You also get 64GB of storage and SD card slot. But the latter might not be meant for your multimedia. The phone still uses a micro USB port. But at least you get a 3.5 mm audio jack.
In the camera department, the Exodus 1s offers a single 13MP PDAF snapper on the back and one of the same resolution of the front – no autofocus, but complete with an LED flashlight. Two SIM card slots with 4G plus 3G dual standby, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.1 and last, but not least, a 3,000 mAh battery keeping the lights on. Oh, and Android 8.1. Makes sense, we guess.