SGP Technologies, the joint venture of Silent Circle and Geeksphone, has already announced its latest smartphone called the Blackphone which offers a high security features to its customers. This is the world's first smartphone which places privacy and control directly in the hands of its users. Thus if you are aware of the security threats and hackings you shouldn't be tensed if you are using this particular device.
Blackphone is now available for pre-order to individuals and enterprises as an unlocked device with a starting price of $629, and will also be available through selected partner carriers on launch, including KPN Mobile, the inaugural launch carrier for Blackphone serving European regions including Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Moreover, the customers will also have the option of buying direct rather than through a carrier if that is their preference.
Blackphone includes a unique combination of operating system and application tools which offer unparalleled security and privacy to information workers, executives, public figures, and anyone else unwilling to cede ownership of their privacy to other authorities. Blackphone's PrivatOS, built on Android, and combined with a full suite of privacy-enabled applications, allows users to regain control over their communications activities. No longer will the use of a smartphone demand acceptance of unauthorized surveillance, commercial exploitation of activity data, and the loss of privacy, security and fundamental human rights.
Talking about the specs, Blackphone comes with a 4.7-inch IPS screen with an HD resolution. The makers have used a quad-core SoC clocked at 2 GHz coupled with 2GB DDR3 RAM. There a premium features like the LTE, HSPA+, 16GB of native storage, 8MP primary camera with flash and 1.3MP front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n, WiFi, GPS, and more. While the company says that certain specifications are subject to change and may be adjusted prior to shipping the first phones later this year.
Blackphone comes unlocked and features several pre-installed privacy tools, all of which are fully enabled for at least two years of usage. These tools include the Silent Circle suite of apps, including Silent Phone, Silent Text, and Silent Contacts; anonymous search, private browsing, and VPN from Disconnect; and secure cloud file storage from SpiderOak. In addition, Blackphone ships with the Smart WiFi Manager from Mike Kershaw, Chief Architect for SGP Technologies, and a powerful remote-wipe and device recovery tool.
Blackphone also includes 3 separate 1-year ‘Friends and Family' subscriptions for the Silent Circle suite, ensuring that every Blackphone customer will be able to speak securely with trusted friends and family with Apple or Android phones from their first day of ownership.