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.”

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