Finney, the ‘world’s first blockchain smartphone’ by Sirin Labs, is now up for pre-order

Most of the details surrounding Sirin Labs’ Finney “blockchain phone” were revealed back in the spring/summer, including the Safe Screen dual sliding display design and a whole pile of specs. I’ll be honest, on paper it sounded like it could be Saygus-level vaporware, but the phone is now open for pre-order ahead of its expected launch.

In case you missed it, the Finney includes most of the specs you expect from a 2018-era flagship — like a Snapdragon 845, Android 8.1 Oreo (via Sirin OS), 6GB RAM/128GB storage, etc. — together with some additional cryptocurrency-targeted features. Things like a separate hardware wallet with its own slide-up screen, DApps (decentralized apps) support with a built-in DApps browser/store, and Sirin Labs’ Token Conversion Service for making cryptocurrency transactions without using exchanges.

At the time of writing, it appears that sales are only taking place via SRN tokens, though other payment methods will be offered later. Amazon’s Launchpad will also be selling the phone in January, and Sirin Labs expects to have two concept stores open in London and Tokyo over the next two months.

The company livestreamed the launch event in Barcelona just a few hours ago — if you’re interested in a full recap, it’s over on YouTube, though the audio is pretty impossible to parse in spots. Interestingly, the timer on Sirin Labs’ site still says it’ll be a bit longer (over an hour at the time of writing) until the official Finney launch.

A ship date is conspicuously absent from either the announcement press release or preorder page on Sirin Labs’ site, so it could still be some time before preorders see their Finney in person. If you have any lingering concerns about the phone being vaporware, it might be worth waiting until dates are set.

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