The Samsung Galaxy S10, which has been set for launch on February 20 in San Francisco, has a lot of rumoured specs. One of such is that a Blockchain Keystore feature has been built into the phone. Therefore, it will enable its users to store and manage Ethereum safely.
Samsung Reportedly Releases Galaxy S10 to Merchants
A media outlet’s report on January 22 states that the Galaxy S10 from Samsung Electronics has been released to merchants and accessory makers. Also, a user which allegedly got hold of the device was able to take a few snapshots of its screen. This revealed that part of the phone’s feature is a Bitcoin wallet.
A closer look at the leaked images provided by the user on Twitter indicates a message “Set up your wallet” screen which shows a Bitcoin icon. Users are then prompted to import an existing wallet or create a new one. Next, is a “welcome to Samsung Blockchain Keystore” screen. The image also reveals that the only supported cryptocurrency is Ethereum.
Smartphone Review Website Confirms Leaked Image of S10
Bgr, a smartphone review website also confirmed that the smartphone displayed by the user is actually the expected Galaxy S10. In their opinion, it is the S10 because its front camera is on the top right corner which makes it distinct from the Galaxy A8s. Bgr also said the image is not that of the S10+ because only a “single-lens selfie camera” has been featured.
According to Bgr:
As you can see in these images, the phone has tiny top and bottom bezels, and even thinner side bezels.
Therefore, if this rumored feature is true, users of this smartphone will be able to have control of their private keys and also store Ethereum. However, it is still uncertain if there are plans to support Bitcoin as well as other cryptocurrencies.
Storing Virtual Currencies on Smartphones is Safer than Laptops/PCs
It is also worthy to note that Joel Snyder, a contributor to Samsung Insights in July revealed that storing digital assets on smartphones is safer than on laptops and PCs. The contributor attributed this to the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) which discourages a security breach in comparison with other electronics.
Asides from Samsung, Sirin Labs on November 29 launched Finney, the first smartphone that is based on Blockchain Technology. Finney also features cold storage to enable its users to securely store their funds. BTCNN on October 31, reported that the smartphone has been endorsed by Lionel Messi, an Argentine professional footballer.