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A Guide to Popular Phones that Integrate Crypto-Wallets

2019-03-28 13:14:59 | Jonathan Ganor

Blockchain technology & cryptocurrency adoption has been evolving in the past years. From a small niche, cryptocurrencies are getting adopted by large institutions and companies. The expansion of cryptocurrencies seems to parallel the past expansion of mobile phones.

It is only logical that cryptocurrencies would eventually make the leap to phones, and they have.

Let's look in to the world of mobile phones and the leading brands that provide crypto wallets.


Sirin Labs & the Finney


The world's 2nd smart phone that boasted a cryptocurrency wallet, the Finney by Sirin Lab's is a trailblazer for others in the cell phone market. It is also important to note that it was funded via one of 2017's most successful ICOs.

The Finney provides a secure & unique operating system called SirinOS which is based on Google's Android. Its system is operated by its native token SRN token. This allows users to make purchases from their DApp store.  For user ease-of-use the Finney has an internal token conversion service so users can switch between DApp tokens quickly & simply.

Regarding security, the Finney has external cold storage with its own separate screen. This means that the wallet is pretty much a second device built into the phone which is separate from the phone. This gives users the highest level of security possible for their cryptocurrencies.

Tech Specifications


CPU - Octa-Core (4 x 2.8GHz Kryo 385 Gold Cortex-A75 + 4 x 1.8GHz Kryo 385 Silver Cortex-A55)

Chipset - Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 64-bit Processor

GPU - Qualcomm Adreno 630 GPU

Camera - 12 Megapixels with LED flash and AF Rear Camera | 13 Megapixels Front selfie camera

Memory - RAM- 6GB LPDDR4X, 1866MHz | ROM 64GB External Memory Support up to 256GB (Uses SIM 2 Slot)

Display - Screen size 5.5-inches IPS, LCD, QHD (2560 x 1440 Pixels), 18:9 Ratio

Battery - Non-Removable 3,000 mAh Lithium-Polymer

Supported Currencies

BTC, ETH, SRN

Final Words

The world's 2nd blockchain phone remains one of the best. The only gripes that I have are regarding the Finney is its size & weight. It is a bit on the heavy side and a bit bulky as well. The phone performs wonderfully and can easily be compared to other top Android smart-phones, performance wise. It offers great value-for-money costing $999. You can purchase it at http://shop.sirinlabs.com

9/10



Sikur & the SIKURPhone

A less known blockchain based phone, the SIKURPhone had the bad luck to launch a month after Sirin's ICO. It was launched by cybersecurity firm Sikur who have previously launched a super secure phone the GranitePhone in 2015.

The SIKURPhone runs its own SikurOS which is a stripped-down version of Google's Android 7.0 Nougat. Their OS intentionally limits which app you can or can't download and checks security & privacy of all apps installed. The firm claims to have sent the SIKURPhone to professional hackers, who were unable to crack its extensive security. The phone itself is a modified version of the Sony Xperia XZ1.

Regarding security, it seems to less impressive than the Sirin's Finney. It appears that the wallet storage is integrated into the phone's operating system. This is something that could hypothetically compromise its security.

Tech Specifications

 

CPU - Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)

Chipset - Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (10 nm)

GPU - Adreno 540

Camera - 19 Megapixels, f/2.0, 25mm (wide), LED flash and AF Rear Camera | 13 MP selfie camera

Memory -4 GB RAM| 64GB External Memory Support up to 256GB (Uses SIM 2 Slot)

Display - IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors 5.2 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels), 18:9 Ratio

Battery - Non-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery

Supported Currencies

Unknown

Final Words

The SIKURPhone is neither impressive as a phone or as a crypto wallet. Its hardware is outdated & years old. The security protocols it makes use of, are highly restrictive and take any joy out of using the phone. The worst part is, that on paper it is less secure than its competitors. For its hefty price tag of $799 I'd highly recommend looking at the competition. You can purchase it at sikur.com.

3/10



HTC Exodus One

The 1st mainstream phone manufacturer that released a blockchain based phone, the HTC Exodus One is a thing of beauty. HTC has long been a manufacturer of quality smartphones. The Exodus One gives users a sleek experience that few other manufacturers can give.

The Exodus One runs a modified version of Android 8.1 (Oreo) with a wide array of support for cryptocurrencies & DApps. Its key features are the Zion crypto wallet, Social key recovery & several DApps preinstalled.

Its security features are great but can't fully match up to the Finney. Its wallet is integrated into the phone which could hypothetically cause issues. The social key recovery is great though. It allows users peace of mind to know that they can recover their keys by using several trusted family members or friends, if lost.

Tech Specifications

 

CPU - Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)

Chipset - Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm)

GPU - Adreno 630

Camera - Dual 12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55", 1.4, OIS, dual pixel PDAF & laser AF, OIS

16 MP (12 MP effective), f/2.6, 1.0, 2x optical zoom, AF |dual 8 MP, f/2.0, 1/4", 1.12 selfie camera

Memory - 6 GB RAM| 128 GB internal storage

Display - Super LCD6 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 6 inches (1440 x 2880 pixels), 18:9 Ratio

Battery - Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery

Supported Currencies

BTC, ETH, LTC, & ERC-20 & ERC-721 tokens

Final Words

The HTC Exodus One managed to wow me as a phone. It is sleek, easy to use and intuitive.  The preinstalled DApps are also huge plus. The only drawback is that the crypto-wallet might not meet the standards of anyone looking for the highest levels of security. You can purchase it at store.htcexodus.com for $850 or its equivalent in Ethereum.

7/10



Samsung Galaxy S10

Probably the best-known phone manufacturer on the list, Samsung have decided to dip their toes in the world of Cryptocurrencies. The Galaxy S10 is easily comparable to the HTC Exodus One. It is also a very easy to use phone that provides all the functionality a user would need with extra benefits.

The S10 runs Android 9.0 (pie) with One UI.  As far as support for DApps goes, the S10 is a bit of a disappointment. Its only supports a select few DApps, most notably Cosmee a beauty related DApp.

The Galaxy S10 features a crypto wallet developed by the team behind the cryptocurrency WAX. It is a cold storage wallet, meaning it is not connected to the internet. It is however integrated into the phone.

Tech Specifications

 

CPU - Octa-core (2x2.73 GHz Mongoose M4 & 2x2.31 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4x1.95 GHz Cortex-A55)

Chipset - Exynos 9820 Octa

GPU - Mali-G76 MP12

Camera - Triple 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS

12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6", 1.0, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom

16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.0

Selfie camera - 10 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1.22, Dual Pixel PDAF

Memory - 8 GB RAM| 128/512 GB internal storage supports external SD cards

Display - Dynamic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 6.1 inches (1440 x 3040 pixels), 19:9 Ratio

Battery - Non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery

Supported Currencies

BTC, ETH, COSM, ENJ

Final Words

As a phone, the Galaxy S10 is the best I've laid my hands on for years. As a blockchain phone, I'd recommend either going with the HTC Exodus One or Sirin Labs' Finney. The limited amount of DApps is another bummer. This is a perfect phone for anyone who uses small amounts of cryptocurrencies casually, but not for someone who needs to store large amounts or is obsessed with security.  Its price starts at $899 and is widely available. You can get it at Samsung.com or nearly any phone retailer.

6/10


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