Samsung just recently released their latest flagships, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus. After going on sale less than a month ago, the technology mega-giant is already releasing another variant of the device. Marketed as the “KlaytnPhone,” The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung will be selling a crypto-centric version of the Galaxy Note 10 in South Korea.
The Klaytn branding comes from the South Korean blockchain platform of the same name, and the device will come preloaded with a few blockchain apps and a cryptocurrency wallet. Apart from that and a new Klaytn branded boot-up logo, the phone will remain exactly the same.
Samsung will sell this crypto phone in both Note 10 and Note 10 Plus versions, and we can expect pricing to be about the same. People will also receive a certain amount of Klaytn’s “Klay” coins when they purchase the device to be used as they wish.
About a year and a half ago, HTC launched a very similar device. The HTC Exodus 1 is a blockchain-centered device that was essentially a rebranded version of the HTC U12 Plus smartphone. Though many people expected the device to flop, apparently the device was successful enough to warrant a successor.
A budget version of the device should be released sometime in the near future called the Exodus 1s. Since the top-tier priced Exodus 1 was based on last year’s flagship, we think that the Exodus 1s will probably be based on one of HTC’s budget U19 devices it announced in June. The major selling point of the Exodus 1s, apart from the apparent budget price-tag, is that unlike its predecessor or Samsung’s KlaytnPhone, the Exodus 1s will launch with a full Bitcoin node on board.
When the KlaytnPhone version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 goes on sale this week, there will officially be three crypto-focused Android devices on the market. Plus, when HTC releases the Exodus 1s, there could be four or even five competing devices.
Just because HTC saw some “success” with the Exodus 1 doesn’t mean Samsung will experience the same. Since the device is only launching in South Korea, the phone probably won’t bring in a huge profit. But who knows. Maybe Samsung will find what it is looking for in this device, and we will see a new era of blockchain-powered Samsung devices.
Though some people are skeptical about blockchain tech coming to the mobile market, I am pretty excited to see mobile manufacturers trying something different. Especially when that technology could fundamentally change how we use the internet.
What do you think? Are you excited about a crypto version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10? Do you think crypto centered mobile devices have a place in our pockets? Let us know what you think in the comments below.