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Blockchain company Solana on Thursday announced the launch of its first-ever flagship Android smartphone made in collaboration with Osom. The phone previously known as Osom OV1, built by a team of ex-Essential engineers and designers, is rebranded and repurposed as Saga.

Saga is going to be the first crypto-centric phone. Pre-orders for the $1,000 smartphone opened after the announcement. Users are required to make a $100 deposit when ordering, and the phone will start shipping in early 2023.

Features

The device is going to be powerful with –

  • A 6.67-inch 120Hz OLED display
  • 512 GB of storage
  • 12 GB RAM
  • Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip in the lead
  • 50-megapixel main camera and 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera
  • Specially designed for cryptography

    What sets the Saga apart in the market is the support for decentralized apps that rely on the Solana blockchain, which the average smartphone seems to lack. The device is a draw for users familiar with the world of crypto wallets, Web3 and NFTs.

    Saga is also backed by NFT marketplace Magic Eden, wallet maker Solana Phantom and cryptocurrency exchange Orca to give users a better experience than other big name crypto and NFT digital wallets like Samsung and more .

    The company also introduced the Solana mobile stack, an open decentralized app store that will offer a wide variety of crypto-native apps, digital services, and digital goods. The store will work on Android and will also be available for other Android phone manufacturers.

    Considering the price and specifications of the phone, it is very obvious that it is not aimed at a mass audience and only at a select community of Web3 enthusiasts. This is brand new territory to venture into, especially for a new company. Even experienced gamers like HTC have tested the waters here and failed miserably.

    For now, we’ll let the numbers do the talking when the phone starts shipping in early 2023.

    First post: STI


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