You may remember earlier this year when we told you about the OSOM OV1 smartphone. Created by part of the same crew that developed the Essential Phone, the OSOM (pronounced “great”) OV1 would focus on privacy and would come with a “secure data cable” that would come with a switch to prevent the transfer of data from the phone when plugged into a public charging port.
The OSOM OV1 is expected to come with high-end specs, including Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Applications Processor (AP), the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The device is said to also support Ultra Wideband (UWB), which is used by Apple, Samsung and Google. Apple and Samsung use it to help users locate lost items with incredible accuracy. Google will use it on the Pixel to allow users to unlock their cars with their Pixel handsets.
The Saga replaces the OSOM OV1
The phone, which the company said would be a “true flagship experience”, would come with a battery that would power the phone for more than all-day use. It would also support 5G and come with a 48MP primary camera. In other words, the OSOM OV1 would be a phone that many Android users might find enticing, but now a big change has been announced.
Last week, Solana Mobile introduced the Saga
, a flagship Android phone integrated with the Solana blockchain. Saga is the new name for the OV1 smartphone and will deliver secure transactions and manage digital assets, including non-fungible tokens (NFTs). An NFT is a digital collectible that is non-functioning, meaning it is unique and cannot be traded for the same.
NFT ownership is tracked using the blockchain, a hack-resistant digital ledger used to track NFTs and cryptocurrency ownership.
The Saga will have a 6.67-inch OLED screen and will be equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset under the hood. It will have 12 GB of storage and 512 GB of storage. It’s unclear whether the device will support 5G, carry a massive battery, or have a dual or triple camera array. The device will be released early next year with a price tag of around $1,000 and it will be sold in the US, Canada, UK and Europe.
What the back of the OSOM OV1 back panel would look like
You can pre-order the Saga now via the Solana Mobile website
for a refundable $100. Raj Gokal, the co-founder of Solana, said, “This is the next chapter of this story and we believe opening crypto to mobile will lead to greater adoption, understanding and opportunities.”