In a significant boost to the blockchain industry, Sirin Labs recently announced the commercial launch of its new and world’s first blockchain smartphone—Finney. The mobile device has been named after the late Bitcoin developer Hal Finney.
Some of the phone’s specifications include a 6-inch Full HD+ 18:9 display powered by an octa-core processor with 6GB of RAM. It packs a 12 MP rear and an 8MP front camera.
The smartphone runs on SIRIN OS (a fork of the Oreo software Android 8.1) and offers an exciting mobile blockchain experience. It is a ‘Google-certified’ mod of the Android operating system with an embedded cold storage crypto wallet which is kept separate from the main hardware. The device is AI-driven and equipped with cyber-threat detection. It comes with 128GB of storage and can be expanded further with a micro-SD card.
Sirin Labs also revealed that it was looking for strategic OEMs to implement SIRIN OS in consumer devices.
Last week, Sirin Labs announced that the phone is available for purchase at the company’s official website for $999. The Finney phone is also likely to join the Amazon Launchpad program in January.
Regarding the launch of the Finney phone, Moshe Hogeg, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Sirin Labs said, “It is with great pleasure that we’re today unveiling to the world the first blockchain smartphone, brought to you by one ambitious startup that was able to bring an idea to mass production in less than a year. We’re now proudly selling a flagship device that offers the user experience we have envisioned for our SIRIN OS. We’re taking a huge step forward in bridging the gap between the blockchain economy and the consumer market. Finney is the mobile and truly secure experience crypto holders have been longing for.”
The cryptocurrency features of the phone can be accessed through the second touchscreen built within the phone. The second touchscreen has a firewall within the central operating system, which the company claims provides a double layer of security to the phone. Moreover, when the pop-up screen is used, all actions performed by the Sirin OS are encrypted. And the cryptocurrency side-software has a program known as token conversion service (TCS) enabling owners to swap coins like BTC and ETH.
Finney looks to make crypto more accessible through its dCENTER. This characteristic offers users a DApp store for decentralized, crypto-related applications. It also rewards users with SRN Tokens for engaging with the apps it presents.
Erin Brazilay, Chief Commercial Officer of Sirin Labs, remarked, “Our entire concept is to bridge the gap.”
He further added, “And as such, we’re going to open concept stores in London and Tokyo and other places. Our stores will be kind of an academy for the blockchain community; all the staff will be trained at the highest level, so people in the community can come and ask questions [about blockchain and cryptocurrency]. So that even someone who is a first-comer can come and get the full understanding of how the technology works. And there is nothing like that in the market.”
Sirin Labs plans to open two flagship stores— one in London in December and the other in Tokyo in January 2019.
Through the launch of this ‘secure and state of the art mobile technology,’ Sirin Labs strives to make cryptocurrency more accessible and popular and, thereby, boost the growth of the crypto industry as a whole.