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How do Solana’s, Polygon’s, and HTC’s new crypto phones compare


  • Solana and Polygon have launched mobile Web3 initiatives, plus HTC has a new “metaverse phone.”
  • It’s the latest wave of Web3 smartphone projects after a wave of them a few years ago.

Just a few years ago, tech giants like Samsung and HTC and startups including Sirin Labs tried to do just that Making coding-ready smartphones a thing. However, it didn’t seem to click with a huge audience, and the trend disappeared for a while.

But now the concept is back, as are the creators behind major blockchain networks Solana And the ribbed Looking at the mobile market as a way to deliver Web 3 and encryption for hundreds of millions of new users around the world. And yes, HTC is still at it with its new “phone metaverse.”

What’s different this time around, and how are each companies approaching their new mobile Web3 effort? Here’s a look at what Solana, Polygon, and HTC are doing in space.

Solana Saga + SMS

Solana Labs recently took a hit during a NYC NFT with an announcement that wasn’t specifically related to NFTs: the company is not only Make a big mobile Web3 boost With their Solana Mobile Stack (SMS) software suite, they also make a high-end Android phone.

Solana Mobile Stack is software designed to make Web3 functionality easier to access via mobile phone, allowing for smoother access to Pocket wallet Apps, better use of Solana Pay on the go, access to games, apps and NFT marketplaces.

Solana Saga is designed to be the ultimate showcase of that technology as a high-end Android phone, packed with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a $1,000 device. And that’s likely what it will cost when it launches early next year.

SMS wasn’t designed to be exclusive to Saga, but Android phone makers like Samsung and Google will need to actively adopt the software to enable the same kind of functionality on their own devices. Co-founder Solana said Anatoly Yakovenko Decrypt Such hopeful actions are mission critical to introducing the wider world to Web3 and self-guarding crypto assets.

“It’s just a matter of them determining that cryptocurrency is important enough,” he said. “In my view, we could be very successful in enabling one billion users to self-incubate just by changing those people’s minds.”

polygon + nothing

this week only, Ethereum Polygon sizing platform She revealed her own rush to mobile In partnership with Nothing, a new smartphone technology company. Instead of creating a phone with its own brand, Polygon will work with the brand to implement its technology in the upcoming Nothing Phone (1).

Full details weren’t revealed ahead of the phone’s July 12 launch event, but Polygon said it will allow easy access to the phone dabs and cross-platform gaming, enabling easier payments and crypto-secured identification features, and more.

“If you look at any Android or Apple phone, you sign in with either a Google ID or an Apple ID, and to some extent Apple or Google owns the client, right? That’s where the value comes from,” Polygon Vice President of Growth Arjun Kalsi said Decrypt. “In a decentralized world, we need to help the user regain control.”

The Nothing Phone (1) is an Android smartphone that is likely to cost much less than the Solana Saga, due to the use of a mid-range processor instead of a flagship chip. Nothing was founded by Carl Pei, who previously co-founded the smartphone brand OnePlus, which is known for phones with flagship appeal but smart dirt and tweaks to offer more competitive prices.

“I think it’s one of the most important things networks can do,” Kalsy said., describing the mobile opportunity. “You analyzed for scalability and such, and now you can take that technology to mobile and start setting up the next hundreds of millions of users in Web3.”

HTC Desire 22 Pro

Unlike these phone projects, HTC Desire 22 Pro is not led by the creators of a single blockchain network. Instead, the tech brand The so-called metaverse phone It will support both Ethereum and Polygon, and is designed to provide access to metaverse platforms and even VR experiences with a paired headset.

What’s curious about this style is that the HTC Desire 22 Pro Not A flagship high-level phone. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G chip bundled inside is a modest mid-range chip and is less powerful than the Snapdragon 778G+ confirmed for Nothing Phone (1). On the other hand, the price of the phone is only £ 399, or about $ 475.

In other words, this phone may not be ideal for fancy 3D experiences, but it is designed as a device that you can use to buy NFT assets and store them on Ethereum and Polygon. We’ll see if this smartphone finds a wider audience than HTC’s previous crypto phones. It is launching in Taiwan and the UK, but it is unclear if a global launch will follow.

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