Security-focused Blackphone 2 ready for launch
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Officially announced in March at MWC 2015, the privacy and security focused Blackphone 2 is finally ready to hit the market. The maker of the handset, Silent Circle, has just started taking preorders and the device itself will start shipping to customers in September.
Blackphone 2 will feature a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 display, a yet-unspecified, octa-core 1.7 GHz processor, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage space (part of which is taken by the OS), expandable via microSD card slot. The handset also features a 13 MP rear camera.
Blackphone 2 runs Silent Circle’s own Silent OS, which is based on Android but has been stripped down from any functionalities that might negatively impact the users privacy or data security. Some of the system’s features include secure conference calls, encrypted peer-to-peer VoIP communications, as well as support for multiple user profiles. There is also no Google Play support, but Silent Circle is apparently working on their own application store.
The preorders are now open, but if you are interested in getting a unit for yourself, you cannot just visit the website and put your name to the phone. You will actually have to contact Silent Circle’s sales department.
The price of Blackphone 2 has not yet been announced, but it will most likely be similar to that of its predecessor, which cost $630 at launch.