During the 2014 Mobile World Congress, Silent Circle released the Blackphone, a smartphone that provides encryption, gives Internet access through VPN, and has security as the primary feature. Heralded as the world’s most secure mobile device, it promptly hacked.
During the 2014 Mobile World Congress, Silent Circle released the Blackphone, a smartphone that provides encryption, gives Internet access through VPN, and has security as the primary feature.
Heralded as the world’s most secure mobile device, it promptly hacked.
But Silent Circle promised to deliver a better, more secure phone. Which is why the Blackphone 2 is now available for purchase. Equipped with a larger screen (but frankly not much else), the extra privacy and security is costing a pretty penny. Despite the lackluster specs, the operating system and security features are the primary cost of this device, which is a staggering $799. To be fair, we pay nearly that for the newest iPhones that have about the same specs, with a lot less features.
Running an unnamed octa-core Qualcomm CPU (that is most likely the Snapdragon 810), it has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. With a now phablet-sized 5.5-inch screen with 1080 pixel resolution, it’s nothing particularly noteworthy. It has a decent primary 13 megapixel camera and a front-facing 5 megapixel camera. Obviously it runs Android, but more importantly, it runs the Android-based SilentOS (previously known as PrivatOS).
But Silent Circle promised to deliver a better, more secure phone. Which is why the Blackphone 2 is now available for purchase.
There are numerous apps that ensure the security of the handset, including Silent Suite which performs basic functionality apps, and Silent Meeting, which is the company’s secure conference call app. Additionally, Silent Phone allows the users to make an encrypted phone call over a VoIP service, and Silent Text allows the users to share encrypted files, messages and media. Another brand new feature is Spaces, which allows the user to access completely separate profiles. This can allow the user to have a personal profile that they control, and a work profile that their company can control, including delete. Spaces also ensures that should one of the networks, whether it be work, family, or social networks get hacked, the other Spaces data will stay in tact.
Additionally, it has Android for Work, which is Google’s own debut into the workplace. This is excellent marketing for the Blackphone 2, but it also ensures that the device has access to Google Play Services and all of Google’s apps.
Frankly, I have no doubt that this phone will get hacked. But the key thing to remember is that every hacker in the world will be trying to do that to test the phone. If you’re looking for a secure device, this is probably your best shot.
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