Solana launches crypto smartphone and a Web3 developer kit

On June 23, Solana Labs' CEO, Anatoly Yakovenko, announced the company’s new crypto phone, The "Saga," as well as the release of a software development kit for Web3 applications dubbed "Solana Mobile Stack (SMS).



Yakovenko claims that Solana's new smartphone would cost around $1,000 and go on sale in the first few months of 2019.


Solana crypto phone
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The phone will compete with the major brands in the market thanks to its flagship specifications. It will sport a 6.67-inch OLED display, a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage.


In addition, the smartphone will feature a Web3 decentralized app store (Dapps), a mobile wallet called “Solana Pay,” created to facilitate transactions via QR codes, and a “seed vault” that will securely store the phone’s private keys.


Solana Labs is accepting $100 deposits from anyone who wants to participate in the pre-sale. Those interested will receive an NFT pass via email when the time comes; however, Solana developers will be prioritized.


According to Raj Gokal, one of the co-founders of Solana, "developers can now transfer the power of Solana to the computers in our pockets" with the use of these technologies, and this new phone may completely change the mobile market.

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“Solana can revolutionize so much of what we do everyday, but we need to open the possibilities for decentralized apps on our mobile devices in order for this potential to be realized.”