Even if you are not a conspiracy theory freak, you are probably aware of the fact that cell phones are not 100% secure. Within the last few years phones have become multi-purpose tools, used not only to trade recipes or comment on last night’s game, but also to conduct business through various channels such as the internet. For this reason, your phone contains loads of sensitive information and the threat of accessing them by unauthorized person or company is very real.
Blackphone – Android Phone backed with full set of privacy and security tools
To reduce that threat, Silent Circle in cooperation with Geeksphone made the Blackphone – the most secure Android phone manufactured so far. The Blackphone was first unveiled last month and today was re-announced at MWC in Barcelona. The phone is priced at $629 and is available for pre-order starting today; however, it won’t start shipping until June.
The Blackphone will be available with a whole bunch of privacy tools which will allow you to receive phone calls, exchange texts, transfer and store files and video chat without having to compromise any of your data stored on the device.
The handset offers a two-year subscription to Silent Circle’s app suite for encrypted calls, messages and contacts, which however works only when you call other subscribers of the same app suite. As an incentive, the bundle comes with a one-year subscription for three friends and family. Other privacy features include secure cloud storage and tools to remotely wipe and restore the device.
The phone is not only about security, though. Hardware used in the Blackphone places the device well above the average making it a pretty attractive offering. For starters, the handset packs a 4.7-inch IPS display with HD resolution and is powered by a quad-core 2 GHz processor. There is 2 GB of RAM on board along with 16 GB of internal memory. The device lacks, however, microSD slot for storage expansion.
The Blackphone also features an 8-megapixel rear camera which is accompanied by a 0.3-megapixel front-facing shooter. The phone runs heavily modified Android build called PrivatOS, supports LTE, HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS connectivity and is unlocked for any GSM carrier, such as AT&T, T-Mobile or Straight Talk.
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