The FINNEY phone came out today at a launch event in Barcelona.
The $999 phone is the first of its kind, integrating blockchain technology at its core in order that its users may can securely use blockchain products. The product aims to address issues that cryptonaughts face in mobile computing, particularly those related to securely transacting, and it is the latest in a projected long line of offerings from the makers of SOLARIN.
The phone runs on SirinOS, which is a fork of Android with the express intention of more deeply integrating blockchain capabilities and a decentralized application ("dApp") marketplace. It sports a secondary screen called a "safe screen" which is two inches in size and allows the user to securely access a built-in cold storage wallet. In shape and design, it is not unlike the SOLARIN.
SirinOS will not be limited to the FINNEY, as SIRIN LABS said in their launch statement today that they are "also looking for strategic OEMs to implement SIRIN OS™ in additional consumer devices." This means that the launch could attract interest from other phone manufacturers like ASUS, Motorola, or Huawei. HTC has already announced its own intentions to bring a phone to market, but they also have a history of supporting multiple operating systems, having at one time had both a popular Windows phone and several Android phones on the market. Dedicated HTC users have even managed to get Blackberry's operating system running on the hardware.
Sirin simultaneously launched a "concept store" in London which will double as an educational hub for users. That is: people who buy this phone for its other features (such as security and competitive design) will be able to have all their questions answered at this place. The pre-launch website bills an "incentivized learning" platform or "learn and earn." The description amounts to a blockchain-based Apple Genius Bar.
In anticipation of SirinOS, the FINNEY Phone, and the stores being launched, the SRN token has been available for some time on several exchanges. It is described as a "utility token" which acts as the cornerstone of the presented ecosystem. Exactly what role it plays was outlined in their March release of the whitepaper: