- Solana Labs has announced plans to launch the Saga phone, made by many former Essential employees.
- The phone is the new name for the previously announced OSOM OV1.
- It will go on sale in early 2023 for around $1,000, and pre-orders are now live.
You may recall that in December 2021, a company called OSOM made up of former employees of the now-defunct Essential announced plans for the OSOM OV1 smartphone. Since then, there hasn’t been much news about this upcoming handset. That changed today with the announcement of the Saga phone from Solana Mobile, a subsidiary of Solana Labs. Saga is the new name for the OV1 and OSOM is now partnering with Solana Mobile for the phone’s launch.
In addition to the new name, there are a few more changes for the rebranded Saga phone. Solana Mobile has launched the Solana Mobile Stack for the Saga. These software libraries allow developers to create apps that allow them to create apps for secure digital transactions. It also allows those apps to connect to the Solana blockchain for the safe and convenient transfer of digital assets, including NFTs. Developers now have access to the Solana Mobile Stack SDK.
As for the hardware specs for the phone, the Saga sounds like it will be a very high-end device. It has a 6.67-inch OLED display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. There’s no word on other specs like the cameras or battery size, whether or not it supports 5G networks.
The Saga phone is set to be released sometime in early 2023, with Solana Mobile saying it expects to cost around $1,000. It will only be on sale in the US, Canada, UK and Europe. You can now pre-order the Saga on the official website. You need to make a $100 deposit for the pre-order, which will be included in the final price of the phone. The deposit is refundable if you decide to change your mind. Pre-orders can access the Saga Pass NFT if that interests you.