Osom OV1 is now the Solana Saga, a blockchain-focused smartphone

Osom is a privacy-focused tech company expected to launch the OV1 smartphone from the team of engineers who built the Essential PH-1. Over time, the OV1 will now be a new blockchain-focused smartphone from Solana Mobile called the “Saga” and will continue to be manufactured by Osom. The Solana Saga will be closely integrated with Solana’s blockchain, capable of transacting in web3 and supporting the holding of digital assets, including tokens and NFTs.

At an event in New York, the company also introduced the Solana Mobile Stack. This is “a framework for Android that allows developers to create rich mobile experiences for wallets and apps on Solana.” The Solana Mobile Stack SDK is already available to developers.

Osom OV1 is now the Solana Saga, a blockchain-focused smartphone

The announcement page also revealed some specs, including a 6.67-inch OLED display, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage. The Saga will also sport the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and it will be powered by a 4,100 mAh battery. There is also support for wireless charging, Bluetooth 5.0 and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. In the camera department, there is a 16 MP selfie camera and dual main cameras. The first is a 50MP IMX766 f/1.8 and a secondary 12MP IMX373 f/2.2 120-degree ultra-wide camera.

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Interestingly, as of today, potential buyers can pre-order a Solana Saga for a $100 refundable deposit. The Saga will retail for $1,000 and those who pre-order can receive a Saga Pass with an associated NFT and “the first ticket to the of the SMS platform.The device is expected to arrive in early 2023 and will initially launch in the US, Canada, the EU and the UK.

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