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HTC推出区块链手机Exodus,预计今年第三季度上市

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HTC推出区块链手机Exodus,预计今年第三季度上市

今年5月,台湾手机制造商宏达国际电子(后文简称HTC)宣布,正在开发一款采用区块链技术的手机。

近日,该公司又透露,这款新手机的名字叫做Exodus,预计今年第三季度末上市。除此之外,HTC没有对外发布其他细节内容。

不过,该公司新任首席去中心化业务负责人Phil Chen表示,预计这款新手机的成本应该与Sirin Labs即将推出的Finney区块链手机1000美元的价格相媲美。

此外,HTC还与区块链游戏平台CryptoKitties合作,将后者作为Exodus的预装软件,并附带一个数字钱包。

新兴的区块链技术能否帮助HTC走出困境,我们还智能拭目以待。

在刚刚过去的6月,HTC销售业绩大幅下滑68%,为过去两年最大跌幅。尽管此前HTC推出的U12+旗舰产品配备了高水准的摄像功能,但是最后的市场反响仍然不尽人意。

此外,HTC还在台湾的制造部门裁员1500人,希望精简机构拯救业绩。

去年,HTC成功筹集了11亿美元,随后其大约2000名员工前往谷歌,负责Pixel硬件产品线的开发。在此之后,HTC工程师和设计师团队大幅缩水。

虽然我们对出埃及记(Exodus)不是很了解,但可以肯定地说,在数字货币兴趣逐渐减弱的时候,一部以附加了加密钱包为主要卖点的昂贵手机恐怕无法得到主流市场的认可。用这样的东西来拯救HTC恐怕不太容易。作为该品牌的长期粉丝,我希望它可以证明我错了。

Taiwanese phone maker HTC announced in May that it was working on a blockchain-powered phone; it’s now shared the first bit of news about the device – named Exodus – saying that it plans to release it by the end of Q3 this year.

The company isn’t saying much else about the device, but its new ‘chief decentralizing officer’ Phil Chen told The Verge that its cost would be comparable to the $1,000 price of the upcoming Finney blockchain phone from Sirin Labs.

HTC is also partnering with CryptoKitties, a blockchain-based game that sees you collect and breed virtual cats, to bring the title to its Exodus device, along with a digital wallet.

It remains to be seen if this strategy will help HTC save its troubled business. Its sales were down by 68 percent in June, the biggest drop it’s seen in the past two years. Its recent U12+ flagship was also poorly received, despite packing a highly rated camera.

The company laid off 1,500 people from its manufacturing unit in Taiwan in a bid to save itself. That follows an effort to raise money in a $1.1 billion deal last year, when it shipped off some 2,000 employees to Google, who were then believed to be tasked with developing the Pixel hardware line. With that, it’s left with far fewer of its best engineers and designers than a few years ago.

While we don’t know much about the Exodus, it’s safe to say that an awfully expensive handset that touts a cryptocurrency wallet as its key feature – at a time when interest in digital currencies is waning – is likely to appeal only to a niche audience. It’s hard to pin one’s hopes on rescuing HTC with something like that. As a longtime fan of the brand, I hope it can prove me wrong.


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