Demand for the Chapter 2 is seemingly so excessive, Solana Cellular hit its seven-day gross sales aim throughout the first 24 hours, Raj Gokal, co-founder of Solana and president of Solana Labs, solely informed KryptoCoinz.
Within the first 24 hours after the telephone was introduced, Solana Cellular noticed over 25,000 preorders, and by the 30-hour mark, it had 30,000 preorders, Gokal stated. At these numbers, this new gadget has already eclipsed 12 months’ price of gross sales of Solana’s first handset, Saga.
The brand new telephone could have comparable options as its predecessor: It’s based mostly on Android, has a built-in crypto pockets, a Seed Vault and a “dApp retailer” for decentralized crypto purposes. It’s initially being supplied at $450, lower than the $599 the Saga is offered for. Chapter 2 will ship within the first half of 2025, a Solana spokesperson stated.
“For builders, Solana Cellular is creating an enormous alternative for crypto app groups seeking to incentivize their customers,” Gokal stated. “It offers them a concentrated distribution channel to die-hard, devoted customers. It permits them to do that with none prohibitive app retailer charges.”
Gokal added that the gadget represents what’s potential with crypto, offering worth in incentivizing apps to customers.
Solana’s first smartphone didn’t see a lot demand when it was first launched in mid-2023 for $1,000. However the firm quickly lowered the worth to $599 in mild of weak demand. YouTuber Marques Brownlee even referred to as Saga the “worst new telephone of 2023” and stated it was a “bust.”
Initially, it appeared the lackluster gross sales have been as a result of the telephone went unnoticed within the crowded smartphone market. However the crypto-savvy crowd’s ears perked up when dog-focused memecoin BONK’s decentralized software (dApp) introduced that it was offering 30 million BONK tokens to Saga homeowners at no cost. The Saga then offered out nearly in a single day.
On the time, 30 million BONK tokens have been price greater than the price of the telephone, so customers mainly obtained the gadget (or the tokens, relying on the way you take a look at it) at no cost. Earlier than then, Saga homeowners acquired different crypto rewards, just like the mint for the Claynosaurz NFT assortment, however these promotions didn’t garner as a lot consideration. Following the BONK hype, although, different dApps started providing comparable rewards, which resulted in much more individuals wanting to purchase the telephone to get their palms on its supplied worth.
“Because the market rebounded in This autumn of final yr, the Saga offered out, with the big majority of these gross sales going down over simply two days in December,” Gokal stated. “Since then, we’ve been inundated day by day with 1000’s of requests for extra.”
Now Solana is hoping to re-create the identical magic with Chapter 2. The Saga genesis token, the non-transferrable NFT that got here with each Saga and helped homeowners redeem rewards, won’t be obtainable to homeowners of the brand new units, however the firm plans on “constructing on this expertise in Chapter 2,” in response to its FAQ.
“Giving again to the group has a snowball impact: As extra builders begin releasing crypto-incentivized apps to Solana Cellular customers, we’ll see even higher adoption,” Gokal stated. The Chapter 2 has launched with sponsors, together with Backpack, Tensor, Phantom, Solflare, Magic Eden and Drip, which plan to reward homeowners, he added.
“Chapter 2 is concentrated on wider distribution, higher accessibility, and makes use of learnings from the final two years to allow higher flexibility for builders and customers,” Gokal stated.
The brand new gadget has “been within the works” for over a yr, Gokal stated, as the corporate needed to present “full freedom for crypto builders and customers,” by having no restrictions on tokens or NFTs, and no prohibitive charges.