You Used To Call Me On My SOL-Phone, Saga Goes Public On May 8!
Solana Mobile, a subsidiary of Solana Labs, recently launched Saga, its new flagship Android mobile phone designed to provide a secure way to transact in Web3 and manage digital assets such as tokens and NFTs.
Solana’s co-founder, Anatoly Yakovenko, sees Saga as a device that sets a new standard for the Web3 experience on mobile. “Almost 7 billion people use smartphones around the world, and more than 100 million people hold digital assets – and both of those numbers will continue to grow,” said Yakovenko.
The Saga phone comes with a Solana Mobile Stack, which enables developers to create rich mobile experiences for wallets and apps on Solana. The Solana Mobile Stack SDK is already available to developers, while pre-orders of the Saga phone are currently being shipped. The public sale is expected to go live on May 8, 2023.
The Saga phone costs $1,000 and features a 6.67” OLED display, 12 GB RAM, 512 GB storage, the latest Snapdragon® 8 + Gen 1 Mobile Platform, with added privacy features.
One of the challenges of creating a mobile-first Web3 experience is the limitations posed by app stores owned by Google and Apple. Solana is tackling this issue by relying on crypto-specific hardware to create new products that were not possible before. These include:
- Access keys securely with Secure Elements while keeping seed phrase private
- Prevent wallet deceit with Trust Zone during signing process
- Utilise APIs for Bip 39 Key Recovery
- Explore fee-less Decentralised dApp Marketplace (0.2% transaction fees later on)
Upon setting up their Saga and the Solana dApp Store, users will receive a unique device-bound non-transferrable NFT called the Saga genesis token. This token is the key to unlocking exclusive content and offers, linked to the Saga Rewards program.
Apps listed on the Solana dApp Store will offer Saga user-only benefits and rewards based on ownership of the Saga genesis token. For example, upon purchasing a Saga phone, users will receive a Welcome Pack for Solana Mobile and rewards from various dApps.
The Welcome Pack includes:
- 20 USDC
- 0.01 SOL to cover the first transactions on Solana
- An opportunity to mint a limited edition Claynosaurz NFT from the exclusive Claynosaurz: The Call of Saga collection
The Saga phone offers a unique experience for those interested in transacting with digital assets and NFTs. Its integration with the Solana blockchain provides a new standard for the Web3 experience on mobile.