Huobi Global is launching a lower cost blockchain phone in Southeast Asia, with promised launches in the USA and Europe to come.
Huobi Global announced its launch of the “Acute Angle” blockchain phone for $515 on Tuesday 3rd September.The Acute Angle is made by Whole Network, a startup with Huobi investment. Furthermore, the Whole Network’s NODE token will be listed on Huobi Prime.
The Acute Angle phone will compete against Sirin Labs’ $1,000 “Finney” phone, but the Whole Network device can be purchased with Huobi’s native token, HT, for roughly half the price.
Based on Android’s operating system, Acute Angle is currently available in China with a Q4 2019 launch planned for Southeast Asia, Launch dates for other world regions have not yet been announced.
Huobi Global CEO Livio Weng said in a statement blockchain-based phones have a bright future: “We think blockchain phones are a promising area for future blockchain industry development. As the industry develops and as innovations like 5G become increasingly integrated into our telecommunications systems, we believe more and more crypto communities will want to trade and transact from mobile devices.”
The Acute Angle phone includes built-in crypto-ready features such as push trade notifications, a dapp wallet, an optional cold-wallet plugin and the NODE native token. Acute Angle is only the first in a future line-up of blockchain-based phones from Whole Network, Huobi said, and it has future plans for 5G capability.
Whole Network and Huobi now joins Samsung and Sirin Labs, amongst others, in blockchain-based phone development. Just last month Samsung added bitcoin functionality into its Samsung Developers Kit (SDK).