Solana unveils the Web 3-based Saga phone, which comes with the same design as the OSOM phone and with full Flagship specifications, to be launched on the market starting next year.
“We haven’t seen a single cryptocurrency announcement at Apple’s developer conference 13 years after Bitcoin went live, I guess it’s up to us!”
This phrase came in the context of the co-founder and CEO of “Solana Labs” announcing the launch of its high-quality phone based on the third generation of the web “Web 3” and cryptocurrencies in particular, through which he felt Steve Jobs’ feeling the moment he announced the launch of the first iPhone.
Solana’s announcement of the launch of her phone, which she called “Saga”, coincided with a difficult time in which cryptocurrencies are witnessing a decline in their value to below $ 20,000, but the founder of Solana and the owner of the idea of the phone realizes how much users need a phone that frees them from resorting to computers. and browsers to conduct their transactions in Web3 and manage their digital assets easily and securely.
Where he sees that it is time to have a store controlled by users and developers with no restrictions on digital assets and that is why he found no reason to wait any longer, as he said that nearly 7 billion people around the world use smartphones and that more than 100 million of them own digital assets These two numbers are constantly growing.
Solana wanted her phone to be in safe hands so she chose to partner with OSOM, the company that was created by employees of the company Essential of Android inventor, Andy Rubin . Or not.
The Solana ecosystem has witnessed significant growth over the past year and Solana (SOL) has become among the top ten cryptocurrencies by total value, ranking 9th according to CoinMarketCap.
Solana is more efficient and faster than ethereum with its ability to process 65,000 operations per second compared to 30 for ethereum and has more than 21 million active accounts per month, and now the Saga phone paves the way for the company to move from the world of crypto to the world of smartphones and join the big tech companies .
Design and Technical Specifications of the Saga Mobile
The phone based on Web 3 was not fully revealed, but during a conference that did not exceed twenty minutes, we learned the most important features that the new phone will offer.
Starting with the design, a clear picture of what the upcoming phone will look like was not shown, but in a moment of excessive excitement, the CEO of Solana company took the phone out of his pocket and began directing it to the viewers’ eyes, and from this scene that lasted for a few seconds, we were able to glimpse what it looks like The first Web 3 phone, as it will come with a traditional design for the front end, where the screen is perforated, as we know it in all other phones.
As for the back of the phone, we noticed that the design is identical to the OSOM OV1 phone, which will be revealed at a later time, despite the company publishing its design through its official account on Twitter.
Although the main goal of Solana from launching the Saga phone is the transfer of cryptocurrency applications from computer browsers to mobile phones, this goal was not at the expense of the device specifications, as both companies OSOM and Solana focused on providing a phone with high specifications to compete with the leading devices provided by companies Elite like Apple, Samsung and others.
The Saga phone is designed with a high level of privacy and security in addition to having a distinctive design with a 6.67-inch OLED screen and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, it will also be paired with 12 GB of RAM, 512 GB internal storage, and the processor is the first generation of Snap Dragon 8 Plus from Qualcomm, with a battery capacity of 4100 mAh, the Saga phone will support fast charging, wireless charging, Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6.
For photography, the phone will come with a 50-megapixel main camera, along with a 12-megapixel secondary camera, in addition to a 16-megapixel front camera. The phone will also come with a fingerprint sensor built into the back.
Unique functions and features of the Saga phone
In addition to the Saga phone, Solana revealed the “Solana Mobile Stack”, which is an open source software system based on Android that allows developers to build and develop Android applications based on solana. Here lies the strength of the Saga phone, as this system comes with three unique features:
- Mobile Wallet Adapter: A protocol that allows web applications and native Android applications to connect to mobile wallets.
- Seed Vault: A software solution for users that allows them to store their private keys, passwords and other sensitive information in a secure environment on Android phones.
- Solana Pay: which will work similar to Apple Pay and Google Pay services to facilitate mobile payment through a QR code, except that the user will be free to deal either using Solana (SOL) currency or an equivalent currency such as USDC currency.
The company also launched Solana DApp store alongside Google play which will give users easy access to 3 web applications, games and wallets built on Solana Blockchain without fees in addition to the ability to mine NFT from anywhere and anytime by securely proving their identity via their phones .
Saga phone price and release date
So far, the company has not set an official date for the launch of its Saga phone, but it is expected to be initially available in the United States of America, Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom, in the first months of next year 2023.
Solana has confirmed that developers will have priority in testing the Saga phone, but you can still pre-order the phone via the company’s official website and join the waiting list by linking your wallet with solana and making a $100 fully refundable deposit if I wanted to undo the purchase, and this amount will be deducted from the final cost of the phone of $1,000.
Solana adopts the project that HTC abandoned after its fiasco
Saga is not the first crypto-focused smartphone, HTC was the pioneer in this field, but in the time of the Taiwanese company, the blockchain phone was not a common thing yet, which is why, and although they were designed for people interested in the world of crypto, both Exodus 1 And Exodus 1s, which were released in 2018 and 2019, respectively, and found people to buy them with difficulty, after which HTC gave up its failed attempts and abandoned both devices and resolved to enter the worlds of metaverses through a new phone to be released on July 28 of this year.
Other companies also failed to offer blockchain-integrated phones serving the crypto industry, including Sirin Labs’ Finney , which was a two-screen phone signed by Lionel Messi , and Samsung’s KlaytnPhone (it was a modified version of the Galaxy Note 10).
But today and in 2022, it is different, only the opinion of the founder of Solana, that the position of the Saga phone is much better than HTC and other phones and is expected to achieve unprecedented success and popularity due to the presence of more developers specialized in the field of coding than in 2018, and also has Solana has partnerships with a significant number of its backing companies that are key players in the cryptocurrency industry such as Project Serum, FTX, Terra and more, and besides OSOM, Solana will also work with Magic Eden, Fantom and Orca to power its phone ecosystem expected.