Sirin Labs, the company most famous for the ultra-secure $14,000 Solarin privacy smartphone has announced the debut of the Finney – a blockchain-powered Android smartphone that offers cryptocurrency wallets and support for dApps. In case you are wondering, the device is named after Hal Finney, the recipient of the first-ever Bitcoin transaction and an early member of the Cypherpunks.
The phone claims to come with a whole bunch of security features and is competing with HTC’s Exodus for the title of being the first “blockchain enabled smartphone.”
Back in June, the company said the device will launch this month. And, it will cost you around $999 price in cryptocurrency. That is a bargain compared to its predecessor Solarin. It is also much less than the prices of current high-end phones such as Oppo Find X and Huawei Matte 20 Pro.
Most of the details surrounding Sirin Labs’ Finney “blockchain phone” were revealed back in July this year. It packs some flagship-level specs. The most intriguing feature is the so-called “Safe Screen” at the top of the device, which activates the wallet. Therefore, if blockchain and cryptocurrency mean nothing to you, then the phone will likely be of little interest.
The display is equipped with PIN protection to protect users from malicious actors. Other important specs include a 6-inch LCD, Full HD display, a 12-MP rear camera, 6 GB RAM, 128 GB of internal storage, and a whole pile of specs.
The company previously stated that the phone has a token conversion service that will enable automatic virtual coin conversions. In other words, users won’t have to exchange different coins through an exchange. It comes with its own crypto token, the SRN coin.
The Finney device has Lionel Messi as its brand ambassador, and Sirin Labs is only selling the device through cryptocurrencies.
The phone runs on an Android 8.1 Oreo-based custom operating system, Sirin OS.