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How Much Would You Pay For Secure Communications?

Apparently encryption costs more than Apple
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Which is why manufacturer Archos has teamed up with communications and security firm Sikur to produce the GranitePhone. Android based, it’s entirely focused on security and encryption.

With the launch of Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2 and BlackBerry Priv, security-conscious phones are becoming a thing. With Google’s infant Android for Work, the timing has never been better.

Which is why manufacturer Archos has teamed up with communications and security firm Sikur to produce the GranitePhone. Android based, it’s entirely focused on security and encryption.

But whereas Silent Circle and Samsung create silos, protected and isolated which compartmentalize data and activities and ensure that work and personal life data will not be simultaneously hacked, GranitePhone uses Sikur’s cloud-based platform that employs encryption and numerous layers of authentication in order to ensure security and privacy.

This means that while there is no separate silos, and so for those that are determined to keep their work and personal data isolated, my find this method limiting.

But for those that are mostly concerned only about one environment, for example, work data, this might be the ideal solution. The benefit to separate silos is that the personal silo often is the weakest, and when compromised, the work data stays secure. So for those not concerned about bleeding between the two, the GranitePhone is an interesting candidate.

The platform itself, Sikur, isn’t made only for GranitePhone or even Android. Instead it’s a cross-platform initiative that can be found on multiple devices. But GranitePhone can offer Sikur built-in to the handset.

However, it’s fair to admit that the phone itself is nothing particularly noteworthy. It has a 5-inch display with only full HD resolution, and is powered by a mid-range Snapdragon 615, alongside 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.

It has a surprisingly good 16 megapixel rear camera, and was paired with 5 megapixels on the front. It has 2,700 mAh battery, but given the specs, it’s more than enough.

Even though this is Archos first stab at the market, the French company has decided to price this handset ridiculously, at $849. Frankly, I don’t think that will go over so well, considering Apple’s iPhone 6s is also $849, but at least it offers 128GB of internal storage. But even more importantly, the Blackphone 2 only costs $799, and has much better specs.

 

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