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Solana Announces a New Crypto Smartphone and a Web3 Developer Kit

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On June 23, Solana Labs CEO Anatoly Yakovenko announced in New York the launch of a Web3 software development kit called “Solana Mobile Stack (SMS)”, as well as the delivery date for his new crypto phone: “Saga”.

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According to Yakovenko, Solana’s new smartphone will cost around $1,000 and will be available for purchase early next year. Telephone flagship specifications will put it on par with the big brands in the industry. It will be equipped with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, 6.67-inch OLED display, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage.

Solana Saga phone presentation. Image: Solana

Designed with a focus on Web3 and cryptocurrencies.

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The smartphone will feature a Web3 decentralized application store (Dapps), a mobile wallet called “Solana Pay” designed to facilitate transactions via QR codes, and “family vault” that will securely store the phone’s private keys.

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

Image of Solana's fan account, who pre-purchased a Saga phone.  Image: Twitter
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Raj Gokal, one of Solana’s co-founders, said that with these tools, “developers can now bring the power of Solana to the computers in our pockets,” so this new phone has the potential to revolutionize the mobile industry.


“Solana has the potential to revolutionize a lot of what we do every day, but we need to open up opportunities for decentralized applications on our mobile devices to realize this potential.”

Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of FTX, a cryptocurrency exchange platform and sponsor of Solana, said that the cryptocurrency phone industry is far behind despite the fact that “everything is going mobile,” so the best solution to keep up in this technological age is “it’s having a real wallet built into your phone.” Something only Solana seems to be working on.

Solana’s Saga Phone could have been a success if others had failed

While the Saga isn’t the first crypto-centric smartphone, Solana’s Saga phone could be the most successful of its kind thanks to the number of developers working on the project, unlike its competitors. Apart from the Solana Saga phone, other important initiatives were Outline from htc, Finney’s phone by Sirin Labs or Samsung ClaytnPhone.

As Yakovenko said, “we live on our mobile devices,” so a phone with these features will open doors to the world of technology and innovation offered by Web3.

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