Last night, we reported on the HTC Exodus, the company’s phone for blockchain enthusiasts. That was not the first specialist phone that the Taiwanese manufacturer has pushed: you could consider the Facebook-centric First and the selfie-centric Desire EYE as smaller-scale examples.

But leaks reporter Evan Blass has made a callback to before when the U11 launched and we were slowly learning about what kinds of mobile experiments HTC has been conducting. In a split-second frame of what was supposed to have been a private sizzle reel at the time, we saw a phone branded with the firm’s VR brand, Vive.

Shortly after he posted the tweet, we took a look at both domains and found that they were vacated. We did get access to a completely blank page for htcgenesis.com during one access attempt. But we did verify HTC’s ownership for at least that site with a WHOIS query.

It may be a bit too soon to start prognosticating about what Genesis or even Exodus means in the overall strategy of a company that has been shelled of a lot of its hardware engineers with a labor-for-money swap with Google and does not have much appeal with mainstream smartphone buyers. In the meantime, keep your eyebrows raised.

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