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HTC Claims Blockchain Phone Sold Out

Embattled smartphone manufacturer, HTC, claims the first batch of its blockchain-powered phone ‘Exodus 1’ have all sold out.

Launched in early December, the Exodus is considered a world first, with a universal wallet for cryptocurrency and decentralised apps (read more here).

Speaking to Taiwanese trade publication, DigiTimesHTC Taiwan President, Darren Chen, asserts the first batch of Exodus 1 are all gone – no unit numbers are provided.

Chen claims HTC is also developing a new strategy and business model for promoting blockchain smartphones.

Previous reports suggest Telstra will release a batch of HTC 5G smartphones in the first half of 2019, with a blockchain-powered device tipped to be included.

The news follows the launch of HTC’s new Desire 12s on December 17, debunking rumours it will exit the smartphone business, following several periods of declining sales.

Revenues have slumped 46% year-on-year, with a quarter of its global workforce slashed.

Chen claims HTC will focus on mid to flagship smartphones in 2019, extending its U12+ lineup.

He asserts sales of the new U12 Life (128GB) continue to remain robust, after launching later this year.

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