HTC's Exodus 1 blockchain-focused phone can only be purchased via cryptocurrency

To keep your cryptocurrency safe, you have to...spend your cryptocurrency.

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HTC's new flagship, blockchain-focused smartphone is the Exodus 1, and it's only available to purchase via cryptocurrency.

It's available for preorder at 0.15 bitcoins or 4.78 ether tokens, and is supposed to ship this December from HTC. That amounts to around $960, but given the nature of cryptocurrency and how prices can surge and dip over the next few weeks, that could likely change at any time.

"Selling it in crypto only and being the first to do so means we are bringing this directly to the core audience and those who will want this device — the blockchain community," said HTC's Phil Chen of the upcoming product.

The phone uses its own cryptocurrency wallet known as Zion, so the phone itself can act as a hardware wallet for all your crypto cash. It comes with a separate art on the phone's chip that operates separately from the phone's Android operating system, to protect consumer cryptocurrency in the first place.

The phone can run decentralized applications or programs that operate on the blockchain. It also features a six-inch display with quad-HD+ resolution, a 16 megapixel dual camera and 8 megapixel dual front camera with 4K video, and a Snapdragon 845 processor with 6 GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. If all that strikes your fancy, well, you'll need to have cryptocurrency available to buy it if you want to take one home. 

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