Are you looking for an Android smartphone that comes with top of the line privacy-protection features? You should check out Blackphone which hits the market in 3 weeks time. This device which is made by encrypted communications provider Silent Circle and manufacturer Geeksphone was announced early this year and gives users the ability to work around data collection made by private companies and the government. While this device won’t protect your data from the NSA it is strong enough to secure it from most threats.
Blackphone will become available to most carriers with a price of $629. It isn’t cheap however its main feature is well worth the price. There’s a very strong demand for this model that pre-orders have already sold out. More units are coming soon as both companies project millions of devices to be sold.
Blackphone Technical Specifications
- Blackphone model name: BP1
- OS platform: PrivatOS based on Android 4.4 (KitKat)
- SIM slot: Single micro-SIM slot
- Hardware platform: NVIDIA Tegra 4i
- CPU frequency: 2.0 GHz
- Radio: GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz, HSPA+/WCDMA: 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz (42 Mbps), LTE FDD bands 3/7/20 (EU/RoW) or 4/7 (US/Canada) (Cat 4 150 Mbps)
- Memory: 16GB EMMC + 1GB LPDDR3
- MicroSD support:Yes
- LCD: 4.7″ IPS HD display (1280*720)
- Touch: Capacitive >4 point multi-touch
- Camera: 8MP AF rear (Flash LED) + 5MP FF front
- Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n
- Bluetooth: 4.0 LE
- GPS: Yes
- Battery capacity: 2000mA
- Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack, micro USB
- Sensors: Gravity sensor, light sensor, proximity sensor, magnetic sensor
- Color scheme: Black touch panel, black battery cover
Silent Circle President Phil Zimmermann said that “More and more people are waking up to this problem. There’s a growing number of people who want to push back.”
The privacy-features of Blackphone is made possible through its use of PrivatOS which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat. This allows users to make encrypted calls (voice, video) and send out encrypted messages. It can also lie to an app giving it false information. An example of this is if an app wants to access the contacts information to work but its operation does not really need it then the device will send out a blank contact info to the app.
The Security Center of the phone reports to users what information an app is accessing. It also gives users the ability to block the access of the app or give it false information.
Early adopters will be getting this device soon.