Solana is making a crypto phone with help from former Essential engineers

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The telephone antecedently known arsenic the Osom OV1, built by a squad consisting of erstwhile engineers and designers from Essential, is being renamed and repurposed today, and it’s each successful the sanction of crypto. This day successful New York City, blockchain institution Solana announced its ain mobile phone, called the Saga, made successful collaboration with Osom. It’s priced astatine $1,000, and preorders unfastened today. A $100 deposit is required, and Solana says the Saga volition vessel successful the archetypal 4th of 2023.

The telephone volition person a 6.67-inch OLED display, 512GB of storage, and 12GB of RAM. It’ll beryllium powered by Qualcomm’s latest and top Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip. But much than the modular hardware specs that astir gadget nerds are funny in, the Saga is meant to assistance crypto proceed its quest to “go mobile,” successful the words of Solana CEO Anatoly Yakovenko.

This instrumentality is for radical entrenched successful the beingness of crypto wallets, Web3, and NFTs, and it’ll travel with a unsocial feature: enactment for decentralized apps that trust connected the Solana blockchain, which has astatine slightest briefly rivaled Ethereum erstwhile it comes to NFT income volume. NFT marketplace Magic Eden, Solana wallet shaper Phantom, and cryptocurrency speech Orca person signed connected to backmost the Saga and Solana’s caller bundle efforts.

The Saga has the aforesaid plan arsenic the OV1 that Osom previewed earlier this year. Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Osom has confirmed to The Verge that the OV1 and Saga are present 1 and the same, meaning that this instrumentality is the company’s superior focus. “Osom is incredibly excited to spouse with Solana successful gathering the Saga,” laminitis and CEO Jason Keats said. “The satellite needs caller hardware companies to enactment the aboriginal that is Web3. Building retired an ecosystem that looks to the aboriginal without being burdened by past bequest ecosystems is hugely exciting.”

The Solana Saga volition vessel aboriginal adjacent year. Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

That “past bequest ecosystems” enactment is possibly successful notation to Solana’s different announcements today: the institution introduced the Solana Mobile Stack, an unfastened dApp (short for decentralized applications) Store that volition tally connected the Android-based Saga. The institution is envisioning a immense proliferation of crypto-native apps, integer services, and integer goods that volition beryllium made imaginable done its caller stack, which volition beryllium disposable to different Android instrumentality makers, too.

“We didn’t spot a azygous crypto announcement astatine Apple’s developer conference, 13 years aft Bitcoin went live,” Yakovenko said during a Q&A session. “I deliberation it’s going to beryllium up to us.”

Solana claims developers volition get aboriginal entree to the Saga. “We’re targeting those hardcore radical that recognize what aforesaid custody means,” Yakovenko said erstwhile asked however Solana’s mobile stack and caller tools volition connection a amended acquisition than integer crypto and NFT wallets from Samsung and different ample tech companies.

It’s rather a pivot if you were hoping Osom would conscionable nutrient a comparatively normal, privacy-focused Android telephone — an Essential Phone 2, successful different words. And it besides goes against what Osom told Android Police backmost successful March erstwhile the institution estimated the OV1 would beryllium priced “well nether $1,000.” The existent trial volition beryllium whether the Saga really ships connected people successful aboriginal 2023, arsenic some Solana and Osom assertion it will. And if determination volition beryllium a viable assemblage for a merchandise similar this extracurricular of the auditorium of excited Web3 enthusiasts who cheered its introduction. Even experienced telephone makers similar HTC person gone down this path and failed to marque immoderate existent impact.

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