Saga phone was introduced; Co-flagship of Solana and former members of Essential with a focus on Web3
A team of engineers and former designers of the Essential brand are working on a smartphone which was previously known as Osom OV1, however, yesterday during a press conference The members of the production team decided to change the name and user of the phone.
According to Verge, Solana’s (Solana) blockchain-focused company held a conference to announce its first smartphone Saga, which Unveiled as a result of the collaboration with Osom. The Solana Saga smartphone has a price tag of $1,000 and is available for pre-order now. You have to pay 100 dollars to pre-purchase the product.
According to Solana, the new Saga phone will reach customers in the first quarter of next year.
The Solana Saga phone is equipped with a 6.67-inch 120Hz OLED display, 512GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. The phone uses Qualcomm’s new flagship processor, Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, which is energy efficient and will compete with Apple’s expected A16 processor this year. Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 is a 3.2 GHz Cortex core. The X2 has three 2.8 GHz Cortex-A710 cores and four 2.0 GHz Cortex-A510 cores.
In terms of technical specifications, the Saga smartphone does not have the least of today’s flagships in the market, but the main focus of this device will be on the field of cryptocurrencies.
Anatoly Yakovenko, CEO of Solana, says the Saga phone allows cryptocurrencies to be accessible on portable devices.
This blockchain network has been able to appear as a competitor to Ethereum to some extent in the field of NFT sales volume.
Magic Eden (NFT-focused) Marketplace, Phantom (Solana’s wallet maker) and Orca (cryptocurrency exchange) have all agreed to support the Saga phone and Solana’s new software projects.
The Osom brand announced in a conversation with the Verge news agency that OV1 and Saga are one device and are not going to be released as separate phones. This means Saga is going to be the main focus of the Osom brand’s efforts in the mobile industry.
Jason Cates, CEO and founder of Osom, says the company is excited to be working with Solana to build the Saga phone: “New hardware companies need to Support the Web3 that shapes our future. Building an ecosystem that looks to the future is very exciting.”
Solana also introduced a new app store called Solana Mobile Stack at yesterday’s conference. This store will host decentralized applications and will be included in the Saga phone. Solana says that thanks to the store, the number of cryptocurrency-focused apps, digital services and digital goods will increase. Solana plans to make Solana Mobile Stack available to other Android phone manufacturers as well.
“I think it depends on us.” Solana says developers will get access to the Saga phone before regular customers.
Some users expected a company like Solana or Osom to make a normal Android device focused solely on privacy (something like the Essential Phone 2). In an interview with the Android Police news agency two months ago, the Osom brand said that it estimates that the OV1 will cost much less than $1,000.
Whether or not Solana and Osom will be able to keep their promise of launching Saga in the first season of 2023 is a question that will take time to answer. Producing crypto-centric devices is a risky venture, as these types of devices are usually not widely received. Even experienced phone makers such as HTC have already taken this path and have not achieved a positive result.
Unfortunately, official renders of the Solana Saga have not been released, but the phone has a similar design to the OV1. The images above and also the main image of the article are related to the Osom OV1 phone so that you can get to know the Saga design better.