The company behind the development of the blockchain, Solana Labs announced the launch of its long-awaited mobile phone, Saga. The announcement took place in a live event conducted by its Mobile division.
The mobile era of Web3 begins now.
Saga, the flagship, security-conscious, crypto-first Android device from Solana Mobile is now available!
A gateway to new experiences not just on mobile, but for mobile 🧵 pic.twitter.com/RT08R9292M
— Solana Mobile 🌱1️⃣3️⃣ (@solanamobile) April 13, 2023
How Solana Will Take Web3 To A New Era With Saga Smartphone
According to the announcement, the Saga smartphone was created to compete with its competitors’ flagship products. These include Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Pixel, Samsung’s Galaxy, and other products in this highly competitive sector.
The smartphone was announced in 2022 and will be available for pre-order next May for a $1,000 price tag. Solana Mobile stated the following about Saga, dubbed the first crypto smartphone built on the Android operating system (OS):
When we started this journey over a year ago, we wanted to modernize how people interact with their digital assets for the sake of usability and increased security (…). we decided that we needed to start with an incredible phone, every bit as good as anything else on the market. The result is a sleek and beautifully designed flagship Android phone with premium components (…).
OSOM, a privacy-focused tech company, built Saga. The Solana smartphone features a Snapdragon 8+ Gen mobile platform, which aims at providing the user with speed to conduct several tasks in combination with an “integrated secure element,” a feature called OSOM’s Seed Vault.
In addition, Saga will ship with a high-performance chip and 512GB storage packed under a 6.67” OLED screen and a 120HZ refresh rate. The battery can hold a 4,110 mAh charge which should keep the phone running for hours. OSOM stated the following about the smartphone:
(…) you get trusted vanilla Android 13 paired with unique features like our patented Seed Vault, which brings crypto self-custody to your pocket in a way no one has done before. That means you can sign transactions on-device with the ease and familiarity of biometric security. And Solana’s dApp Store gives you access to all the blockchain-powered services you need, in addition to Google’s Play Store.
As of this writing, Solana (SOL) is reacting positively to the announcement. The token records a 3% profit in 24 hours and a 21% profit over the past 30 days.
Chart from Tradingview