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Foxconn to manufacture world’s first blockchain-based smartphone, Finney

Finney, the blockchain smartphone will be designed to store and use digital currencies like Bitcoin.

tech Updated: Apr 05, 2018 18:44 IST
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Foxconn will manufacture Sirin Labs’ blockchain smartphone.(REUTERS)

Swiss-Israeli technology firm Sirin Labs said that FIH Mobile Ltd, a subsidiary of world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn, will manufacture its Finney blockchain smartphone, which is designed to securely store and use digital currencies such as bitcoin in fee-less transactions.

Finney, the world’s first blockchain-based smartphone, can automatically convert tokens for the use of decentralized applications, without having to obtain the different tokens through an exchange, Sirin said.

The company raised $157.8 million in an initial coin offering in December to support the development of an open source blockchain smartphone, as well as a blockchain personal computer.

Sirin plans to sell the device through eight new stores located in Vietnam and Turkey and has so far more than 25,000 units preordered, according to a Bloomberg report.

Sirin aims to ship from 100,000 to a few million units this year, the report said.

The report also stated that Huawei is working on a blockchain-ready smartphone which will run on Sirin Labs’ operating system, SIRIN OS based on Android OS. The smartphone will be equipped to run blockchain applications. ALSO READ: Huawei is reportedly planning to develop blockhain-ready smartphone

First Published: Apr 05, 2018 18:44 IST