A crypto-smartphone has just been born. Designed by Osom and Solana, the phone allows you to make cryptocurrency payments and easily create NFTs.
Solana Laboratories, the company behind the cryptocurrency Solana, has just announced the launch of their Android smartphone. Called Saga, the phone was unveiled at a conference in New York.
The device was designed in collaboration with Osom, the brand born from the ashes of Essential, the start-up of Andy Rubin, one of the founding fathers of Android. The company had long ago announced the arrival of its first phone, the OV1. The project eventually evolved into the Saga.
OSOM is excited to partner with @Solana to produce Saga, a flagship Android mobile phone with unique functionality and features tightly integrated with the Solana blockchain.https: //t.co/SeW3jZssDE.
– OSOMPrivacy (@OsomPrivacy) June 23, 2022
A suite of web-oriented Android 3.0 applications
The Saga smartphone aims at facilitate navigation within the Web 3.0, the future decentralized version of the Internet and the Solana ecosystem services. The device will ship by default a suite of Android applications developed by Solana Mobile, a subsidiary of Solana Laboratories.
Among the main features are Solana pays, a solution that allows you to make mobile payments using the Solana blockchain. The service is capable of “generate virtual cards” to make contactless payments in cryptocurrencies.
The phone also includes Seed Vault, a secure storage solution. This system keeps the private keys and passwords of digital wallets outside the Android operating system. The keys are therefore safe from hackers.
The Saga will also benefit from a decentralized application store, the Solana dApp Store. Essential to the functioning of Web 3.0, these applications are based on the blockchain and allow the user to break free from trusted third parties. Unsurprisingly, we will also find the Play Store, Google’s app store.
Saga users will be able to create an NFT ” everywhere always ” directly from your smartphone. To register a digital work on the Solana blockchain, just use one of the default integrated services by the developers. The phone will also make life easier for internet users who play games web 3.0 video games on Solana and trading on decentralized platforms.
At the same time, Solana Labs made available to developers a open source software kit. This kit aims to enable the development of Android applications that revolve around the Solana ecosystem. For example, it includes a protocol that allows you to link a Solana wallet to applications or sites. The solutions developed with this kit will be available on all Android smartphones on the market.
“Developers can now bring the power of Solana to the computers we have in our pockets”Solana co-founder Raj Gokal explains in a press release.
Furthermore, the technical data sheet of the smartphone is very classic. There’s a 6.67-inch 120Hz OLED screen, 512GB of internal storage, and 12GB of RAM. The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Qualcomm’s latest high-end chip. The photographic partition is ensured by a double sensor with a 50 megapixel main lens. Autonomy is entrusted to a 4100mAh battery compatible with fast and wireless charging.
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Released in the first quarter of 2023 at around $ 1000
Pre-orders for smartphones are already open. To pre-order the device, you need to deposit a deposit of $ 100s through a Solana wallet. The first people who pre-order the smartphone may receive a limited edition non-fungible token (NFT).
According to the start-up, the phone will go on sale in the first quarter of 2023. Oriented to the high-end, the Saga will be marketed about 1000 dollars.
This isn’t the first smartphone aimed at cryptocurrency investors. In recent years, HTC has also launched several phones that incorporate a blockchain wallet, Exodus. The device was focused solely on custody of cryptocurrencies. Faced with the mixed success of the range, HTC has reoriented itself towards the metaverse. The Taiwanese brand will launch a smartphone tailored for virtual and augmented reality in a few days.