Cryptocurrency owners do not have to carry a smartphone and a hardware wallet for their Bitcoin anymore. Instead, they can use FINNEY™, the first blockchain smartphone in the world. FINNEY™ is the brainchild of SIRIN LABS. It runs on a proprietary, Google-approved version of Android. Also, it features an embedded cold storage wallet with high level security.
The Journey of FINNEY™ – from Idea to the Finished Product
FINNEY’s story starts last year. In 2017, SIRIN LABS raised US$157 million in the fourth largest ICO at that time. After the successful completion of the crowdsale event, the company launched the pre-order period. So, the ICO participants had the chance to be the ahead of everyone else in owning the world’s first blockchain smartphone.
We’re taking a huge step forward in bridging the gap between the blockchain economy and the consumer market.
This year, however, things started to move faster. The smartphone entered the development phase. Moreover, SIRIN LABS enlisted soccer star Leo Messi as brand ambassador and started shooting the commercials. Of course, the commercials were a part of a larger marketing and awareness campaign.
Finally, in November, SIRIN LABS announced the official launch of FINNEY™, with a retail price of $999. The first blockchain smartphone is available in the SIRIN LABS online store for now and can be purchased with SIRIN Token (SRN). Great news is that the company ships all over the world, including: Australia, EU, Canada and the UK. Starting this month, the company will start opening brick and mortar stores – first in London and then in Tokyo. Cities that will also get their own stores later on, include New York, Berlin, Tel Aviv and Seoul. Starting in January, FINNEY™ will also be available via the Amazon Launchpad programme.
Speaking of FINNEY™, the co-founder and co-CEO of SIRIN LABS, Moshe Hogeg, said:
We’re now proudly selling a flagship device that offers the user experience we have envisioned for our SIRIN OS. We’re taking a huge step forward in bridging the gap between the blockchain economy and the consumer market. Finney is the mobile and truly secure experience crypto holders have been longing for.
A Closer Look at the First Blockchain Smartphone in the World
FINNEY™ does not attempt to compete in design with the established flagships on the smartphone market (though the design doesn’t disappoint at all). The muscle power of this innovative phone is inside – literally. The blockchain smartphone runs on SIRIN OS – a Google-approved modification of Android. It embeds a cold storage wallet and has advanced security features.
Let’s take a look at what makes FINNEY™ special:
Embedded Cold Storage Wallet
The wallet protects the private keys for multiple cryptocurrencies and generates secure transactions. It features:
- Its own separate hardware (not shared with the device),
- Sensitive Action protection,
- Secure blockchain transactions generation and signage,
- Connection to native wallets via internet only for user-initiated transactions,
- Firewall Embedded Rules engine.
Advanced Security Features
FINNEY™ is secured with the Intrusion Prevention System that uses machine learning to offer protection for:
- Network attacks,
- Online and offline on-device cyber threats,
- Host-based attacks,
- Unsecure device definitions.
The Chairman of SIRIN LABS, Kenes Rakishev, commented on the reasons for equipping FINNEY™ with such advanced security features:
With no solution available until now, many crypto users took a step back to a more primitive time and were using pen and paper to record their private key code. This and other ‘cold storage’ solutions are impenetrable to hacks but are also totally impractical for modern living. FINNEY is unique and is the only phone with an embedded cold storage wallet. There is nothing else like it on the market.
What also makes FINNEY™ special is an additional screen to the regular touchscreen. This is a sliding 2” multi-touch screen, used only for the cold storage wallet. It has a separate power switch. The other features of the blockchain smartphone include:
- 6” main touchscreen, with 18:9 ratio and notch design,
- 128 GB storage,
- SD card slot,
- 12 MP main camera and 8 MP selfie camera.
So, crypto lovers, what do you say – does this blockchain smartphone top your Christmas wish list?
Tamara is a marketing and PR professional, enthusiastic about crypto, blockchain and technology in general. She’s the editor at Bitcoin Australia.