Solana Launches Web3 Android Phone for Secure NFT Transactions and Management

Solana Mobile has launched Saga, an Android Phone for Web3, making it easy and secure to transact and manage digital assets like NFTs.
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Quick take:

  • Solana Mobile has launched the Saga Android Phone for Web3.
  • The company debuted its new device during NFT.NYC on Thursday.
  • Since then, the Saga phone has attracted 1,327 orders according to a dashboard prepared by @aa007zz on Dune Analytics.

Solana Mobile, a subsidiary of Solana Labs has launched an Android phone called Saga for Web3 making it easy and secure to transact and manage digital assets like tokens and NFTs. The company debuted its new device on Thursday at the ongoing NFT/NYC event.

The flagship phone features unique tools and functionality tightly integrated into the Solana Blockchain, the company wrote in the statement announcing Saga.

“Almost 7 billion people use smartphones around the world and more than 100 million people hold digital assets – and both of those numbers will continue to grow,” said Anatoly Yakovenko, co-founder of Solana.

Yakovenko said that the Saga phone will help set new standards for the Web3 experience on mobile.

Also launched during the event is the Solana Mobile Stack, a framework for Android that will help developers to create rich mobile experiences for wallets and apps on Solana. 

The Software Developer Kit (SDK), which is now available for use, will also allow developers to create a “Secure Element” for private key management, the company said.

On the other hand, Saga, which has been made available for pre-orders will hit retail shelves in early 2023. 

According to a preorder tracking dashboard prepared by @aa007zz on Dune Analytics, Saga has already attracted 1,327 preorders, barely 12 hours after launching.

“We chose the Saga name because the story of crypto is still being written,” said Raj Gokal, co-founder of Solana. “This is the next chapter of this narrative and we believe opening up crypto to mobile will lead to greater adoption, better understanding, and more opportunities.”

Saga phone is developed by some of the most experienced phone smartphone makers in the industry. OSOM, the designers and manufacturers of the phone boast a team of developers derived from Google, Apple, and Intel, among others.

Jason Keats, co-founder and CEO of OSOM commented: “The world needs novel hardware to embrace the future that is web3, and building out an ecosystem that looks to the future without being burdened by past legacy ecosystems is hugely exciting for us.”

Some notable smartphone specifications for Saga include a 6.67″ OLED display, 12 GB RAM, and 512 GB storage.

The phone is expected to cost around $1,000, with those pre-ordering required to pay a refundable deposit of $100. They will also “be eligible to receive a Saga Pass, an NFT accompanying the first wave of Saga devices,” Solana wrote.

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