HTC isn’t gone simply but. Granted, it’s nearer than it’s ever been earlier than, with a headcount of fewer than 5,000 staff worldwide — that’s down from 19,000 in 2013. However despite these “market competitors, product combine, pricing, and acknowledged stock write-downs,” the corporate’s nonetheless trucking on.
And whereas its declare to being “the main innovator in good telephone units,” is up for debate, the Taiwanese producer has by no means shied away from a compelling gimmick. Introduced earlier this yr, the Exodus undoubtedly matches the invoice. The “world’s first main blockchain telephone” continues to be shrouded in thriller, although the corporate did reveal a few key particulars this week at RISE in Hong Kong supposed to maintain of us whereas it irons out the remainder of the product’s hiccups.
Chief among the many reveals is an admittedly nebulous launch date of Q3 this yr. It’s hardly particular, however it does make the telephone a little bit bit extra actual — in contrast to the pictures, that are nonetheless restricted to the above blueprint image at press time.
Right here’s a quote from the corporate’s chief crypto officer, a place that basically exists.
Within the new web age individuals are usually extra aware about their knowledge, this an ideal alternative to empower the person to begin proudly owning their digital identification. The Exodus is a superb place to begin as a result of the telephone is essentially the most private gadget, and it is usually the place the place all of your knowledge originates from. I’m excited in regards to the alternative it brings to decentralize the web and reshape it for the fashionable person.
Previous to the launch, the corporate is partnering with the favored blockchain title, CryptoKitties. The sport can be accessible on a small number of the corporate’s handsets beginning with the U12+. “It is a important first step in making a platform and distribution channel for creatives who make distinctive digital items,” the corporate writes in a launch tied to the information. “Cell is essentially the most prevalent gadget within the historical past of humankind and for digital property and dapps to succeed in their potential, cellular will must be the principle level of distribution. The partnership with Cryptokitties is the start of a non fungible, collectible market and crypto gaming app retailer.”
The corporate says the partnership marks the start of a “platform and distribution channel for creatives who make distinctive digital items.” In different phrases, it’s making an attempt to reintroduce the idea of shortage by means of these decentralized apps. HTC may also be partnering with Bitmark to assist accomplish this.
If HTC is in search of the subsequent mainstream play to proper the ship, that is emphatically not it. That mentioned, it might be compelling sufficient to realize some adoption amongst these closely invested sufficient within the crypto area to choose up a handset constructed across the expertise.
HTC guarantees extra info on the gadget in “the approaching months.”