Though you might think the smartphone market doesn’t change in the past decade, it’s not so. We understand that the top two places are still occupied by South Korean Samsung and the Cupertino-based Apple. But the rest of the players are not the same what whom we knew a few years ago. Huawei is out of the competition; Xiaomi already ranks third; new brands continue to come. But what’s mire important the new brands in the smartphone niche come with advanced technologies. For instance, today, we learned that Solana Labs had begun accepting pre-orders for the Web3-centric Solana Saga smartphone from users in 33 countries.
To get on the waiting list, you need to make a deposit of $100, which can be returned in case of refusal. The final price of a smartphone based on the Android operating system is $1000. Deliveries are expected in early 2023. The first wave includes the US, Canada, EU, UK, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand. The team promised to consider other countries in the future.
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Users on the waiting list will be eligible to receive the NFT Saga Pass and a ticket to influence the development of the Solana Mobile Stack platform.
The device will support the Google Play app store on par with Solana’s own dApp Store.
The Solana Saga was first introduced in June 2022. The device is a custom version of a smartphone from OSOM with built-in cryptocurrency wallet functions.
It comes pre-installed with the Solana Mobile Stack toolkit, which allows you to create decentralized applications for mobile phones. Saga will allow you to store NFTs, sign transactions and pay with Solana Pay.
The device is equipped with a 6.67-inch OLED display, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage space. The smartphone is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset.
Recall that in June 2022, the Taiwanese company HTC released the Desire 22 Pro smartphone with support for the metaverse and NFT.