Ledger Nano X crypto wallet adds Bluetooth for mobile bitcoin access

On Sunday at CES, the crypto wallet company Ledger revealed its latest device – the Bluetooth-enabled Ledger Nano X. The device is about the same as the previous Nano S, which provides more support for multiple wallets and coin types, but otherwise leaves the internals the same. But Bluetooth will allow X to connect to mobile devices via the new Ledger Live app, a powerful new way to access hardware garments over the phone.

Hardware wallets allow you to keep bitcoin locally without keeping them in exchange, a more flexible version of writing down the key on a piece of paper. The devices usually require a PIN to unlock and support multiple physical devices associated with the same key, and provide strong protection against theft or accidental loss. Ledger's former hardware wallet, Nano S, was a favorite among many in the community. Ledger CEO Eric Larchevêque has said that Nano S will fall in price after Nano X is released.

Laying Bluetooth may be controversial. Wallets are usually connected via USB, and any wireless feature increases the risk of unauthorized access. Nevertheless, hardware level PIN protection (and Bluetooth's limited range) should reduce the risk. Importantly, Ledger says Nano X is designed to respond only to devices running the corresponding Ledger app, which have their own security features to maintain authenticity.

Nano X costs $ 1[ads1]19 and will be available for pre-order tomorrow, to ship in March. Similarly, the app is expected to go live on January 28 in the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store.

Update 11:16 ET: Updated with price and shipping information.

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