HTC’s Binance edition smartphone going on sale tomorrow; supports bitcoin, BNB payments

The Binance edition blockchain smartphone by Taiwanese electronics giant HTC introduced last month is going on sale tomorrow on HTC’s EXODUS website.

The smartphone, dubbed HTC EXODUS 1 - Binance, retails for US$599 or SG$889. Users can also buy it with the equivalent price in accepted cryptocurrencies, e.g. bitcoin (BTC) and Binance’s native coin BNB, the exchange announced Wednesday.

Binance is also giving 500 purchasers an “early adopter” bonus of US$100 in BNB, on a first-come, first-served basis, per the announcement.

Binance said last month that the limited edition phone will be launched “very soon.” The device supports Binance’s native blockchain, Binance Chain, and has a built-in cryptocurrency wallet. It will allow users to access crypto from anywhere and anytime, Binance CEO Changpeng (CZ) Zhao, said at the time.

The phone is "optimized for operating with Binance," HTC’s decentralized chief officer Phil Chen, told The Block at the time.

HTC first released its EXODUS 1 line of smartphones exactly a year ago. Among its features, it boasts of a “secure enclave” function to act as its mobile hardware wallet. Most recently, HTC also launched the EXODUS 1s variant, capable of running a full bitcoin node.