Electronics giant HTC has given crypto enthusiasts another reason to get excited following its recent announcement. A new smartphone is due for release in Q3 of 2019 which will include a feature that will provide users full node capabilities containing the full Bitcoin Blockchain.
This breakthrough will mean HTC’s EXODUS1 will be the first smartphone to host the node capabilities, giving the power to users to be able to run their own node and provide greater technological freedom.
Phil Chen, decentralized chief officer at HTC described some of the challenges in creating this phone which include the size of the full Bitcoin blockchain (said to be around 200 GB and growing), and also in ensuring the device was capable of acting as a true full node.
The phone is said to support the pruned version at all times, but an SD card would be required to host the full blockchain, furthermore, it has been recommended that users only run a node off of a stable Wi-Fi connection due to the large data requirements.
Even though the phone will not be able to mine for bitcoin, it has been hinted that future partners will be able to offer hashrates.
Phil Chen stated that:
Running a node is maybe the most important part of the blockchain as it helps secure the network; every one of them acts as an authoritative verifier of every single transaction of the block
He further commented:
We first empowered the user by owning their own keys and now we’re focused on empowering the user to run their own node to help secure and grow the network.
In conjunction with the smartphone release, HTC will also provide a software development kit (SDK) available for its Zion Vault which is HTC’s crypto wallet app.
And the price of this new smartphone isn’t going to be expensive either, retailing for between $250 and $300. With the heavy emphasis on the crypto technology, the EXODUS 1s will still be capable of normal smartphone operations which include music, videos, pictures and apps.