The presentation of the mobile developed by Solana took place last night. Saga Will he manage to seduce while the Web3 smartphones have so far made flops ?
Although the smartphone market is today the preserve of giants such as Apple, Samsung or Xiaomi, Solana, via its branch Solana Mobiletries its luck with a device called Saga.
Unveiled last summer, the smartphone was presented in more detail Thursday night at a live stream. Its official release is announced for the May 8, 2023. However, those who participated in the pre-order process should receive it this month.
Become legendary. Watch the official @solanamobile Saga Launch Event Livestream 🌱 https://t.co/X70F1l3PwJ
– Solana (@solana) April 13, 2023
Saga is a fairly high-end mobile considering its features and price. Based on the operating system Android and offered at 1000 dollarsthe smartphone embeds a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, 12 GB of RAM, 512 GB of memory and a 6.67-inch OLED display.
But Saga is mainly a device designed for aficionados of the Solana ecosystem and more generally Web3 users. For example, it allows to secure digital assets, including NFTs, through a biometric custody solution named Seed Vault.
The mobile is naturally DApps compatible and allows to find and access applications via the Solana dApp Storewhich boasts that it does not have “restrictive policies and high commission fees” like other large web application stores2.
DApps initially available on the Solana dApp Store include Audius, Ledger, Magic Eden and Mango Markets, among others.
Want to create an NFT instantly from a photo you just took on your mobile? You can do it on Saga. Want to manage your digital assets while you go out at night? You can do it on Saga. Want to pay your friends in crypto? You can do it on Saga,” Solana Mobile claims on its website.
Finally, we learn that future Saga owners will get their hands on a NFT which will form “the basis of the rewards program” for users of the phone.
In the past, several companies, including Taiwan’s HTC, have attempted to market Web3 smartphonesbut without much success.
In the middle of crypto winter and after difficulties following the FTX rout, the Solana project, in which the alleged SBF fraudster was heavily invested, will also likely struggle to find its customer base.
This week, the price of the network’s native cryptocurrency, SOLhas gained more than 20% and is flirting with $25 on Friday.
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