The chances of a smartphone manufacturer thinking of the bitcoin community is sparse but HTC Exodus 1S takes their needs into account. However, it is how they have executed the hardware specifications of the phone that may put off buyers.
Before getting into the ability to use your phone as a Bitcoin node to store content in your wallet locally, it is important to see the specifications HTC has to offer. The smartphone has a 5.7-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio but the catch is the processor. It uses the Snapdragon 435 chipset which is pretty ancient at this point as most flagships make use of Snapdragon 855 processor.
The manufacturer offers 64GB of storage but you should expand it up to 400GB using the SD Card slot in order to use it as a bitcoin wallet. The woes doesn’t end for HTC Exodus 1S because the company suggests the hardware is not powerful enough and the battery as well. So, it is possible to only access your wallet and transactions only when connected to a power socket and possibly with a Wi-Fi network.
The rear side has a 13 megapixel camera, 3,000mAh battery and it runs on Android 8.1! A phone launched in 2019 is expected to have a newer version of Android but the HTC Exodus 1S seems to have got it all wrong. It does claim to be futuristic for cryptocurrency enthusiasts but the hardware specs doesn’t reflect the same.
In theory, you can use it as a full bitcoin node on a mobile, have trusted execution environment in the Zion vault, do transactions anonymously and never lose your Bitcoin keys again. Besides, a 1TB SD card will allow you to store your bitcoins safely in a local server but it is doubtful if the processor could actually handle all the load. And, it is also expected to work as a functioning smartphone for calls and messages.
The TEE storage environment is created by Snapdragon and is trustworthy. Other features include key sharding, blocks third party keyboards with keyloggers and security features to make life easier for Bitcoin owners.