CAPE TOWN – HTC has announced that its Exodus 1 device which is a blockchain phone is available for preorders.

The Exodus 1 will feature a screen that has a 6-inch HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. 

There are 16-megapixel dual rear cameras and 8-megapixel dual selfie cameras that are able to record full 4K video at 60 FPS. 

The phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, has 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 3,500 mAh battery.

it will run on Android Oreo and is dust- and water-resistant with a rating of IP68.

The phone will sell for 0.15 BTC or 4.78 ETH, which is equivalent to just over $960 (R13 8800). However, buyers have to pay for it using cryptocurrency. 

The phone contains a wallet that’s kept in a secure area “protected from the Android OS,” according to a press release, which can be used to hold the keys to your cryptocurrency and tokens like CryptoKitties.

The phone was first announced back in May as one of the company’s more intriguing projects. 

For security purposes, HTC made a social key recovery mechanism in case your phone is lost, stolen, or you misplace your key information. 

Additionally, users can keep the recovery details with a few trustworthy friends, who must then download a key management app.

HTC will then use a secret sharing algorithm to send the info to your friends, which you can then piece together if needed. 

The phone is also being opened up for third-party developers to make their own key apps and wallets.

The expected ship date is December. The phone will be available in 34 countries and regions, including the US, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, the UK, Austria, Norway, and other parts of Europe.