Blackphone offers a mostly secure Android-based smartphone for $629

blackphoneBlackphone offers a mostly secure Android-based smartphone for $629

In a perfect world, everybody’s sure their right to privacy is honored. Since that’s not the case, people tend to whip up special tools for protection, like the Blackphone — a privacy-focused device whose thick veil of mystery has now been lifted at Mobile World Congress. Its creators (SGP Technologies, made up of Silent Circle and Geeksphone) said very little when the shadowy phone was announced in January, but we now know that it’ll retail at $629 unlocked and has similar specs to comparably-priced Android devices. While its final components might be altered later, right now the developers are aiming to equip the device with a 2GHz quad-core processor, 4.7-inch HD IPS display, LTE connectivity, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (no microSD card slot in sight), 8-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front cameras.

The Blackphone will come loaded with a derivative version of Android called PrivatOS that’s supposedly more secure, and it’ll be bundled with two-year subscriptions to a few privacy tools. These include Silent Circle’s encrypted app suite (for messages, calls and contacts), a VPN, anonymous search and browsing tools, and secure cloud storage. You’ll also get a free Wi-Fi analyzer and a remote wipe and recovery tool. Plus, if you –Read more:



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