EXODUS 1s is a blockchain-friendly smartphone that was presented a few days ago at the Lightning Conference in Berlin. This mobile device is basically a three-times cheaper version of HTC’s flagship EXODUS 1 that was released one year ago. The crypto phone presents both the usability of a smartphone and the security of a crypto wallet.

The distinctive feature of the phone is its new blockchain capability. EXODUS 1s is the first smartphone that is able to run a full node which not only helps the Bitcoin network grow but also secure it. That means that the phone enables you to store the entire Bitcoin blockchain– a ledger that users may use to validate transactions. However, you still need to purchase a microSD card as currently, the Bitcoin ledger takes up 260 GB. The new feature means that EXODUS 1s can verify and perform transactions without relying on other services.

Phil Chen, the Decentralized Chief Officer at HTC, states,

Full nodes are the most important ingredient in the resilience of the Bitcoin network and we have lowered the barrier to entry for any person to run a node.

Even though the new smartphone allows you to run a full node, HTC suggests to connect the phone to Wi-Fi or plug it into a power source before starting.
Furthermore, the new EXODUS 1s has the perfect Zion Vault wallet (a wallet that can store, send or receive cryptocurrencies) that features a software integrated with on-board hardware security.

Another EXODUS 1s key specs are:

  • The Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor;
  • Android Oreo 8.1 mobile operating system;
  • 5.7” HD+ 18:9 display
  • Nominal battery: 3075mAh and rated battery: 3000mAh
  • 13MP main camera with PDAF and 13MP front camera with LED flashlight
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB Storage
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

EXODUS 1s will come at a price of €219 ($244), or the equivalent in cryptocurrency, which makes it almost three times cheaper than its predecessor. HTC will accept payment in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Binance Coin. The new crypto phone is now available for order in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and Europe.