Inside Samsung's new crypto-friendly phone

Chris Dannen

By Chris Dannen


Hodlers were skeptical at first, due to Samsung's vague marketing language, but it appears that the S10's hardware-enabled wallet does indeed support Bitcoin and Ethereum out of the box. The bad news: your keys are backed up to Samsung's servers; whether there's any way to disable the backup feature is unclear.

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