Sirin’s Finney, Not HTC’s Exodus 1, Is 1st Blockchain Phone
It may seem that Exodus 1 by HTC is the world’s first blockchain-powered phone after its early access launch last October 22. But there is a new device that aims to take this title away from Exodus – that is, Finney by Sirin Labs.
Finney is a dual-screen blockchain-powered phone that is set to be released this November 28. Although HTC was the first to release an access trial of their blockchain phone, Sirin Labs’ device is considered as the world’s first blockchain-powered if the basis is the phone’s features. According to BlockExplorer, Finney is created for blockchain enthusiasts with the phone’s crypto storage and security as the priority. Meanwhile, Exodus gives emphasis on giving users an advanced user experience with addition of crypto-related features.
Both phones are set to be shipped to users this December. Finney can also be bought via Amazon Launchpad platform starting in January.
What to Expect From Finney?
The phone runs on Sirin OS, an operating system by a set of advanced phone components. Finney also flaunts a 6GB RAM, an 8-megapixel f/2.2 front camera, a 23-mega-pixel rear camera, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.
It will run through the blockchain network just like Exodus 1. This will give the phone other features such as a built-in crypto wallet, secure exchange access, encrypted communications, and P2P resource sharing. The device will also have an unparalleled cybersecurity suite that contains an intrusion prevention system and a safe screen.
Another highlight of the mobile device is the dCENTER that offers a Learn and Earn program and token conversion service. These features will provide users with information about blockchain and convenient crypto transactions.
Sirin Labs also worked with Foxconn Technology Group, the largest electronics manufacturer, in developing this phone. The announcement of the partnership was done through Sirin Labs’ official Twitter account on April 4, 2018. The tweet read:
“SIRIN LABS is incredibly excited to announce that it has chosen FIH Mobile (Foxconn International Holding) to Manufacture the FINNEY smartphone. With this development, we are taking a huge leap forward to bring the Go Crypto revolution to the mainstream.”
SIRIN LABS is incredibly excited to announce that it has chosen FIH Mobile (Foxconn International Holding) to Manufacture the FINNEY smartphone. With this development, we are taking a huge leap forward to bring the Go Crypto revolution to the mainstream. https://t.co/YvZ1oX4xD4
— SIRIN LABS (Not giving away ETH) (@SIRINLABS) April 4, 2018
With the help of Foxconn, Sirin Labs also looks to sell Finney in Turkey and Vietnam. According to a post from Bloomberg, more than 25,000 devices have already been pre-ordered. The phone will be worth US$1,000-worth of Sirin’s token called SRN. This means that aspiring buyers must have SRN to buy this blockchain-powered phone.
Is Finney Better Than Exodus 1?
There are a lot of similarities between the two phones. Both have hot and cold crypto storages, 6” touch screen, built-in digital wallet, 6GB RAM, 128 GB ROM, and tight security layers. The difference is that HTC device’s camera has higher resolution. Another distinction is that Exodus 1 can be bought using Ethereum or Bitcoin whereas Finney can be bought using SRN only.
It is too early to tell which phone is better especially since both have not been released to the public yet. But whether or not one is better than the other, it is still Finney that holds the title as the first blockchain-powered phone in the crypto sphere.