Solana’s Saga Phone Is Here: Web3 for the Masses?

Is Saga phone by Solana Mobile a gateway to mass adoption of web3 technology? Early on-chain data suggests otherwise.

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  • Solana Mobile’s flagship Android phone, Saga, is now open for orders worldwide.
  • The device offers an integrated Seed Vault and Solana dApp Store.
  • Saga owners can claim a unique, non-transferable NFT for exclusive rewards.

In recent years, Web3 brands had no issue with finding investors. However, they did struggle to find users, as the masses did not find use for their decentralized services. Solana aims to change that with its latest product and create a gateway for Web3 mass adoption. 

Solana Mobile’s flagship “Web3 phone” is out. Saga, a sleek Android phone, aims to reshape how users interact with blockchain technology.


On Monday, May 8, the Saga smartphone became available globally. Still, questions remain about whether Saga can reach a mass user base. 

Can Solana’s Saga Reach the Masses?

At first glance, Saga is just a regular Android phone. With a price of $1,000, the phone offers comparable hardware performance to other mobile brands in that price range. 

Where Saga stands out are its Web3 integrations. Its features include a Seed Vault for storing private keys, Solana’s app store for Web3 apps, and more. 

While these features interest crypto enthusiasts, it is unclear whether they offer a compelling benefit for average smartphone users. Moreover, the sales numbers indicate that Saga will likely remain a niche product. 


Solana Mobile tracks purchases using crypto. On-chain data shows that customers made 763 unique orders with USDC, netting the company $708.400 in sales. While these figures don’t include purchases with credit cards, the data does not point to mass adoption. 

Saga: Simplifying Crypto and Web3

While not necessarily appealing to the broader market, Saga has unique features that make it attractive to crypto enthusiasts. As Solana Mobile explained, their aim was to make Web3 interactions easy and user-friendly on Saga

For instance, Saga’s Seed Vault offers a self-custody solution for protecting users’ private keys with biometric authentication and encryption. Simply put, it enables users to store their crypto on their phones and access them easily with their fingerprints. 

Additionally, the Solana dApp Store provides access to decentralized apps, eliminating the need for desktop web browsers to interact and sign transactions. While the app store does not offer much variety, this will change with enough users. 

Solana Mobile also integrated NFTs into the phone. During device setup, Saga owners can claim a unique, device-bound non-transferable NFT called the Saga genesis token. This token enables users to claim unique rewards and content from the Solana dApp Store. 

On the Flipside

  • Solana Mobile is not the first company to launch a Web3 smartphone. In 2022, Vertu released Metavertu, the self-proclaimed world’s first Web3 phone. 
  • Like other Android phone brands, Solana Mobile relies heavily on the open-source Android operating system and third-party manufacturers. This enables it to significantly reduce the capital expenses of releasing a phone. 

Why You Should Care

The release of the Saga phone marks a significant step towards making web3 technology more accessible to the general public. However, sales figures indicate that the industry is still not ready for mass adoption. 

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David Marsanic

David Marsanic is a journalist for DailyCoin who covers the intersection of crypto, traditional finance, and government. He focuses on institutionalized crypto entities like major cryptocurrency exchanges and Solana, breaking down complex topics into easy-to-understand writing. David's prior experience as a business journalist at various crypto and traditional news sites has enabled him to maintain a critical approach to news while adhering to high journalistic integrity standards.