Sirin Labs, previously known for manufacturing a $16,000 (Rs 11,00,000 approximately) smartphone called Solarin, is back with its latest product, the Sirin Finney. Unlike the Solarin, the Finney is much more reasonably priced at $1,000 (Rs 68,500 approximately), which prices it similarly to other top-end flagship smartphones today such as the Google Pixel 2 XL, Samsung Galaxy S9+, and Apple iPhone 8. The phone has reportedly been developed in co-operation with Foxconn.
The Sirin Finney is being touted as the world’s first blockchain smartphone, with features built in that make it ideal for people that trade in cryptocurrencies or do any kind of work with blockchain technology. The phone has a cold storage wallet built into it which is kept separate from the rest of the device’s framework, meaning that it becomes harder to hack. The wallet can be accessed with a slide-out module at the back of the phone. The phone is named after Hal Finney, an early Bitcoin user who was the first recipient of Bitcoin in a transaction by Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto.
The Sirin Finney is a fairly capable device on paper as well, and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The phone runs Android 8.1 at its base, with the company’s own Sirin OS UI on top that enables its security and blockchain-centric features. Interestingly, the phone also has a notched 6-inch 18:9 screen, and a 12-megapixel rear camera. The phone’s software includes a cybersecurity application, a conversion service for cryptocurrency and access to decentralized apps (known as dApps).
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Cryptocurrency traders might find the prospect of a secure phone that combines the capabilities of a typical smartphone and a cryptocurrency wallet attractive. The phone is slated to be shipped later this year, but is up for pre-order now.