Security Focused “Blackphone” Android Smartphone Ships, Priced at $629
June 30, 2014 8:17 AM
SGP Technologies claims that the Blackphone is the "world's first privacy-optimized smartphone"
We first brought you word of the
Android-based Blackphone back in mid-January
, and this week the smartphone is finally shipping to consumers. The Blackphone is the brainchild of SGP Technologies — a joint venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone — and uses a customized version of
Android 4.4 KitKat
, which it calls PrivatOS.
SGP says that the Blackphone is “built from the ground up to maximize user privacy” and includes such features as private/encrypted cloud storage, encrypted voice/video calls and text messaging, Wi-Fi security settings which prevent hotspots from gleaning connection history and patterns of activity, remote wipe, and private web browsing.
"Blackphone's arrival puts mobile privacy directly in the hands of professionals and consumers everywhere,” said SGP Technologies CEO Toby Weir-Jones. In a world where devices and apps increasingly offer features only in return for users' personal or sensitive information, the pent-up demand for Blackphone shows there is strong, international demand for our brand's devices and services that stand apart by placing privacy before all else."
The Blackphone comes equipped with a 4.7” 720p IPS display, 2GHz, quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4i processor with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n, LTE connectivity, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, and a 2000 mAh battery.
The Blackphone is currently shipping to customers who already pre-ordered the $629 device. The company’s
will re-open on July 14 to accept new orders for the smartphone.
SGP Technologies 
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