Solana launches the first encrypted smartphone

Solana launches the first encrypted smartphone

Solana and its associated blockchain network, along with OSOM, are launching the first crypto smartphone, a cryptocurrency-based mobile phone.

The ad was already Expected in June This year, the smartphone, which is based on the OSOM OV1 phone, has been on the market for quite some time. Today, it is presented again: Solana Crypto and OSOM revealed its specifications and features.

As expected, it was announced in June that the smartphone is Android and is targeting Web3. The collaboration between Solana Crypto and OSOM, a company that includes quite a few ex-employees of Essential, which in turn is a company created by Android creator Andy Rubin, became official on June 23.

The model that has been renamed and thus proposed for Web 3 is the OSOM OV1, a device that has long been the focus of industry enthusiasts.

The new encrypted smartphone is called “Solana Saga,” and it will ship in the first quarter of 2023 with extended availability and a price tag of $1,000. However, it is already possible to pre-order it on the official Solana Crypto portal with a $100 deposit.

Solana saga for encrypted smartphones: what’s new in technical details

As expected, Solana Crypto and OSOM reappeared in Technical specifications of “Saga” in the last hours. So, let’s see what has changed since the previous announcement made in June.

In the past few months, the Solana Saga spec sheet has appeared on file 6.67-inch OLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of internal storage.

However, the focus of the product lies in its support for applications based on the Solana blockchain, from the NFT Magic Eden marketplace to the Orca exchange, as well as Phantom and a new app store called “Solana Mobile Stack.”

The intent was, and still is, to create a completely new and innovative ecosystem for cryptocurrency enthusiasts, which is growing day by day.

Solana Crypto and OSOM are also redefining the design of today’s new smartphone. Featuring a stainless steel body and ceramic back, complete with titanium accents, this is how the Saga would look in the eyes of buyers.

There is also a fingerprint scanner on the back of the smartphone, while the private keys to the user’s Solana wallet will be stored directly on the phone’s hardware using the Seed Vault to ensure complete data security.

By combining hardware security and a fingerprint scanner, users will be able to interact with Solana blockchain and dApps at the touch of a finger.

In fact, the applications based on Solana themselves will be at the heart of the smartphone, which will have a store dedicated to dApps based on the Solana blockchain.

On the tech side, there are improvements from June. Indeed, the device will have a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, along with a constant refresh rate of 120 Hz.

Under the hood, we find Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 chipset with a clock speed of up to 3.2GHz and a decent 12GB LPDDR5 RAM. Finally, on the storage side, OSOM Solana Saga will be launched in a 512GB configuration, expandable with an SD card up to 1TB of total storage.

Moving on to the cameras, the device will have a Sony IMX766 rear lens, which is now the standard for the mid-range, with a resolution of 50MP. Besides the latter, there will also be a 12-megapixel Sony IMX373 ultra-wide-angle lens. Finally, it will be the 16MP selfie camera.

The device will be powered by Android 13 and will have a 4,110 mAh battery: OSOM promises support for both wired and wireless fast charging, but has not yet talked in depth about the smartphone’s charging speed.

In terms of connectivity, the Solana Saga will have a 5G modem, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2, as well as, of course, the classic USB-C connector.

As is known, the Solana blockchain has been severely affected by a series of large-scale blockchain and hacker attacks. Moreover, all crypto assets are suffering, given the poor performance of their industry in recent months.

Therefore, the “Saga” smartphone can play a major role or be a turning point for the revival and prosperity of the Solana blockchain.

The pirate attacked Solana: what happened

Last August, the Solana blockchain fell victim to hacker attacks that specifically targeted some of the wallets in its network. The attack lasted several hours and its main target was the most popular wallet in the Solana ecosystem: the phantom wallet.

Through the Phantom wallet, hackers were able to obtain the private keys of some users. It was later reported that the hack may have originated from Slope, another Solana wallet.

Although this attack dealt a blow to the network, the blockchain itself was not harmed and is still operating to this day. Several engineers and developers, including those working on other blockchain projects, are working together to find out what happened to Solana during the hacker attack and the real reason for the attack.

Fortunately, the hacker attack did not really harm the operation of the Solana blockchain. In fact, the hackers targeted Solana’s browser wallets, specifically several of those that had been inactive for more than six months.

Thus, it turned out that the attack was related to a vulnerability in Internet wallets and thus the hacking of users’ private keys. In fact, if we look at the Solana blockchain explorer, Solscan.io, the transactions appear to be signed by the “real” owners.

In any case, users were denied not only SOL tokens, but also other cryptocurrencies and tokens. In particular, the USDC stablecoin, whose stolen value appears to be higher than SOL.

The good news is that funds held in wallets and cold exchanges such as Young Platform, were not accessed through the attack. In short, the hack did not harm the Solana blockchain, but rather several wallets.

However, the issue of security, especially when dealing with DeFi Protocols as in this case are centralized and have to be part of the users’ consciousness.


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