Solana Mobile has announced that pre-ordering of its soon-to-be-released flagship Android crypto and Web3 phone, the Solana Saga, is now open.
Solana Mobile, a subsidiary of Solana Labs, has announced that its flagship Android smartphone, the Solana Saga, is now available for pre-ordering. The Saga is mainly designed to work with the Solana blockchain and Web3 applications.
When Saga was first teased in 2021, it went by the name Osom OV1 smartphone and was designed by the team who worked on the Essential PH-1. However, when they confirmed the smartphone’s launch in June, it had taken on the Saga label.
“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.”
A Closer Look
The Saga boasts features and functionality tightly integrated with the blockchain. Thus, phone users can easily and securely make Web3 transactions and manage their digital assets, such as NFTs.
It features a 6.67-inch OLED screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 SoC, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. It is equipped with security features like the Mobile Stack’s Seed Vault with “Secure Element,” which keeps private keys, seed phrases, and secrets separate from the application layer. However, the capability to interact with apps running on the device or a mobile browser is still there.
Aside from the Secure Element for private key management, the Solana Mobile Stack (SMS) is an Android framework that allows developers to create rich mobile experiences for wallets and apps on Solana.
“Saga starts from first principles to create a mobile experience for individuals, developers, and ecosystem participants that opens a new era of mobility,” said Jason Keats, co-founder and CEO of OSOM. “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.”
Solana Price Explodes after Announcement
A few days ago, Solana Mobile announced that it had opened the pre-ordering availability of the Saga. Nevertheless, only Saga users in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and the European Union can pre-order.
Concurrent with the announcement, Solana’s price experienced a tremendous increase. It posted nearly 7% gains overnight while the general cryptocurrency market is recovering from its current slump. However, analysts predict a short-lived rally for the price, with an upside target of $44.
Those wishing to pre-order must pay a fully refundable $100 deposit, the cost of which will be applied to the anticipated phone value of $1,000. Actual delivery of the phone units is expected in early 2023. Developers will be given priority for the pre-orders so they can test the Mobile Stack and the phone itself.
The flagship Android crypto and Web3 phone can be pre-ordered at ten devices per wallet. Those who pre-order may be eligible to receive the so-called Saga Pass, an NFT that accompanies Saga devices’ first wave. The Saga Pass is the first ticket to shaping the SMS platform’s direction.
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