The HTC Exodus 1.

The HTC Exodus 1 was a rather strange release for the company, marketed as a blockchain-focused smartphone. Truth be told, I thought the phone would flop, but the brand is seemingly saying otherwise.

HTC’s chief decentralized officer Phil Chen told Digitimes (h/t: PhoneArena) that Exodus 1 sales indeed met company expectations. This doesn’t necessarily mean the phone achieved amazing sales, as it’s also possible HTC had low expectations anyway.

Chen noted that aside from cryptocurrency users, there was “considerable demand for the Exodus 1 from new startups which engage in cryptocurrency trading more frequently.”

We’re glad to see some positive news for the company though, and the executive confirmed that a second-generation blockchain phone will launch before the end of 2019. This new phone will bring blockchain functionality to areas such as browsing, messaging, and social media, according to Chen.

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The HTC Exodus 1 launched late last year, essentially being the HTC U12 Plus with blockchain-focused features. These features include a private vault and cryptocurrency wallet, as well as access to a number of decentralized apps (Dapps). The Taiwanese company initially required users to buy the phone with cryptocurrency.

Talk of an Exodus 1 successor suggests that a new HTC flagship is also on the way. The old phone was based on the firm’s 2018 flagship, so it’s possible that the new blockchain phone is based on the 2019 flagship.

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