The phone formerly known as the Osom OV1, which was created by a team of former Essential engineers and designers, is being rebranded and repurposed today, all in the cause of crypto.
This afternoon in New York City, blockchain firm Solana unveiled the Saga, a mobile phone created in conjunction with Osom. It costs $1,000, and preorders begin today. A $100 deposit is required, and the Saga is expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2023, according to Solana.
The device will include a 6.67-inch 120Hz OLED display, 512GB of storage, and 12GB of RAM. It will be powered by Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 CPU and will include a 50-megapixel primary camera as well as a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera.
This gadget is aimed at users who are already familiar with crypto wallets, Web3, and NFTs, and it will have a unique feature: support for decentralized apps based on the Solana blockchain, which has momentarily challenged Ethereum in terms of NFT sales volume. Saga and Solana’s new software initiatives have received support from NFT marketplace Magic Eden, Solana wallet developer Phantom, and cryptocurrency exchange Orca.
The OV1 and Saga are now one and the same, according to Osom, indicating that this gadget is the company’s major emphasis. «Osom is ecstatic to be working with Solana to construct the Saga,» stated founder and CEO Jason Keats. «The world requires innovative hardware firms to enable Web3’s future.» Building an ecosystem that looks to the future without being encumbered by legacy ecosystems from the past is quite fascinating.»
Solana Saga a special phone for blockchain and cryptocurrencies
That «past legacy ecosystems» remark may relate to Solana’s other announcements today, such as the Solana Mobile Stack, an open dApp (short for decentralized apps) Store that will operate on the Android-based Saga. The business envisions a massive explosion of crypto-native apps, digital services, and digital commodities enabled by its new stack, which will be available to other Android device makers as well.
«13 years after Bitcoin went online, we didn’t see a single crypto announcement at Apple’s developer conference,» Yakovenko stated during a Q&A session. «I believe it will be up to us.»
According to Solana, developers would get early access to the Saga. «We’re targeting those dedicated users who understand what self-control means,» Yakovenko explained when asked how Solana’s mobile stack and new tools will outperform digital crypto and NFT wallets from Samsung and other huge tech giants.
If you were looking for a more standard, privacy-focused Android phone an Essential Phone 2, in other words this is quite a departure. It also contradicts what Osom said to Android Police in March, when the firm believed the OV1 would cost «far under $1,000.» The true test will be whether the Saga arrives on time in early 2023, as both Solana and Osom claim. And if a product like this will have a sustainable audience outside of the auditorium of ecstatic Web3 fans who roared its unveiling. Even established phone manufacturers, such as HTC, have taken this route and failed to make a significant impression.