Samsung latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S10, will include secure storage for cryptocurrency private keys, according to an official press release on Feb. 20.
The tech giant Samsung had its annual Unpacked conference yesterday, February 20th. The event saw the presentation of many interesting devices, including the company’s flagship smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy S10 And blockchain was not left out of the mix. The company said its Galaxy S10 will enable users to securely store cryptocurrency private keys.
Per the release:
“Security: Galaxy S10 is built with defense-grade Samsung Knox, as well as a secure storage backed by hardware, which houses your private keys for blockchain-enabled mobile services.”
It’s not completely clear whether the new phone will come equipped with its own native crypto wallet interface, or if third-party developers will need to create wallets that can be used in tandem with the phone’s hardware but The S10 comes with an upgraded camera system that features “advanced intelligence,” the ability to charge other phones wirelessly, 8GB RAM and 256GB storage (on the base model) and a number of other features, according to the release.
Before the official launch of Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung had earlier filed three trademark applications in the EU – one for a Blockchain KeyStore, one for Blockchain Core, and one for Blockchain Key Box and there were rumours regarding the phone’s capability to support Dapps and cryptocurrency wallets. Just last month, images of the perceived Samsung Blockchain Keystore surfaced online. The images showed an Ethereum wallet option in the list of the cryptocurrencies that the gadget was perceived to support. However, yesterday’s press release did not mention anything about the wallet and so it is safe to assume that those were just rumours.
Samsung isn’t the first company to incorporate crypto functions into its smartphone, last year HTC and Sirin Labs launched blockchain smart phones called Exodus 1 for HTC and Finney for Siren Labs.