Solana just dropped its flagship Saga smartphone

An Android web3-focused phone launched yesterday, having its features fully integrated with Solana blockchain to provide a seamless mobile crypto experience.

An image of Saga smartphone on black background.

Saga is designed and manufactured by OSOM, a leading Android development company known for building computing hardware for Google, Apple, Intel, and other tech giants. The smartphone boasts of a 6.67" OLED display, 12 GB RAM, 512 GB storage, and the latest flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform with a feature of a Seed Vault that keeps private keys and seed phrases separated safely from the application layer.

"We chose the Saga name because the story of crypto is still being written," said Raj Gokal, co-founder of Solana. During the presentation held in NYC, Solana's CEO Anatoly Yakovenko recalled he had seen people pulling out their laptops in the middle of the date, so they don’t miss an NFT opportunity. “The only companies with the resources to materialize the self-custody mobile future we’re all dreaming of, Apple and Google, have had no updates to give on their roadmaps for crypto,” he wrote, pointing out the need for mobile crypto solutions.

Along with the Saga smartphone, the event also included the introduction of the Solana Mobile Stack. This open-source Android framework allows developers to create rich mobile experiences for wallets and apps on Solana. SMS offers a number of products, including a seed vault, a custody solution, a mobile wallet adapter, Solana Pay for Android, and its dApp store.

Saga is available at a preorder for $1,000, including a $100 fully refundable deposit. The shipping is planned for early 2023, prioritizing SMS developers. Early adopters may be eligible for Saga Pass NFT.