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Solana going mobile

January 20, 2024

Solana Mobile has announced the launch of the second version of its Web3 smartphone — Saga Chapter2. The device is available for pre-order at $450, with orders set to ship in the first half of 2025.

Similar to the original, Chapter2 is designed as a crypto smartphone tailored for the Solana ecosystem. It features a built-in wallet app with additional security features and access to decentralized applications.

Each Saga device comes with a "genesis token" — an NFT that channels rewards to its holders. While the company hinted at similar functionality in the second version, specifics were not disclosed.

As part of the marketing campaign, Solana has initiated a referral program where users earn points for each pre-order made through their invitation. Winners of the contest will receive rewards.

Several developers of crypto services within the Solana ecosystem have announced token airdrops to smartphone owners, likely contributing to the hype surrounding the devices.

Demand for the new Chapter 2 device has been so high that the company achieved its weekly sales target within the first day, according to Solana Labs CEO Raj Gokal. Within the first 24 hours of the smartphone's announcement, the company received over 25,000 pre-orders, increasing to 30,000 within six hours. With such figures, the new device has already overshadowed the annual sales of Solana's first phone — Saga.

(At launch in May 2023, the original Saga was priced at $999, but in August, its cost was reduced to $599)

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