Way back in March 2016, an Israeli stealth startup called Sirin Labs unveiled the premium privacy-focused Solarin smartphone.
This turned out to be a blockchain smartphone called Finney, and the company went on to raise more than $150 million through an initial coin offering (ICO) to bring the device to market.
Finney opened for preorders in November, and yesterday saw the full and official launch of the $999 Finney smartphone, which will begin shipping this week to those who had previously ordered it.
“London is diverse, creative, and a thriving technology hub,” noted Sirin Labs chair Kenes Rakishev.
“In 2018, London’s tech sector attracted significantly more investment than other European centers, raising more than £1.8 billion.
It is the ideal first location for the Finney, the first mass-market blockchain phone in the world, to go on sale.”