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Pundi X’s communication protocol allows users to make calls, send messages, and transmit data via a fully decentralized blockchain network.

In a first, mobile phones that can be used for blockchain operations has been unveiled at the MWC 2019 by Pundi X; the phone is called XPhone. A working prototype of the phone was shared with the media October last by the company, which fashions itself as a global developer of blockchain-powered devices. Of significance in this device, now showcased in Barcelona, is the introduction of a ‘X’ button that takes the user directly to the Dapps, which is the blockchain mode.  

Heading straight to the specifications of this new blockchain-based phone, it will boast of a 5.65-inch screen, fingerprint sensor on the side, 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage. The Qualcomm® Snapdragon 660SoC will be the processor. XPhone will have a 16MP front camera and 48MP rear camera. The capacity of its battery is 3500 mAh. The retail price is projected to be US$599. The operating system will be built on the Android Pie platform but the user interface characteristics could be absolutely different from the stock Android run device.

Pundi X has created a blockchain-based OS and communication protocol for mobile devices, allowing users to make calls, send messages, and transmit data via a fully decentralized blockchain network.

On blockchain mode, the XPhone can operate completely independently of centralized carriers. Users can route phone calls, messages, and data via blockchain nodes without the need for centralized service providers. The XPhone is in fact the first mobile phone that can run completely on a decentralized ecosystem powering telephony, messaging, and data transmission. The XPhone significantly expands the use of blockchain technology beyond financial transfers.

Every XPhone is also a node on the network to contribute to the operation of the blockchain ecosystem. Content and connectivity are organized in a distributed, node-to-node manner.

Pundi X says their basic mantra is decentralization and whatever little centralized operation are still there in the blockchain system will also be corrected leaving the control of data to the user. In the current scenario, it is the carrier who controls data. And the company says the network can be expanded worldwide into a pool of nodes with peer-to-peer communication made possible.

The only question that will spring up to everyone’s mind would be what if the other phone manufacturers to come up with similar blockchain based phones in the future? Will Pundi X be able to maintain its mere monopoly status? It is difficult to make any surmises now.