Blackphone secure Android smartphone now up for pre-order

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Blackphone, a smartphone focused on the user’s privacy, is now available for pre-order from its own official website for $629 (Rs. 39,000 roughly). While the pre-orders are open for Blackphone, the device will start shipping from June 2014. The privacy-focused smartphone was scheduled to be launched at MWC 2014, after it was unveiled earlier in January.

The Blackphone, which is a creation of GeeksPhone, a Spanish smartphone maker, along with Silent Circle, an encrypted communications firm, is available with free shipping charges for a number of countries including India. However, along with 15 percent tax, the smartphone will ultimately cost $723 (roughly Rs. 45,000) in India, not to mention the local custom duties that you may attract while importing the phone.

The Blackphone can be pre-ordered from here. The company says users can also return the Blackphone back if they are not satisfied, and they will be refunded later.

Some of the hardware specifications listed for Blackphone on the pre-order page are: 4.7-inch HD IPS screen; >2GHz quad-core SoC; 2GB DDR3 RAM; 16GB Storage; 8-meapixel rear camera; 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera; Bluetooth 4.0; LTE connectivity; Wi-Fi 802.11n, GPS and HSPA+. Other specifications like battery capacity, sensors and expandable storage option are not known yet.

The Blackphone is powered by a custom version of Android made by GeeksPhone in association with Silent Circle, called PrivatOS. The OS will allow the user to make and receive secure calls, send encrypted text messages, store files securely and browse the web through an anonymous VPN.

Phil Zimmermann, one of the creators of the Blackphone, stated, “I have spent my whole career working towards the launch of secure telephony products. Blackphone provides you with everything you need to ensure privacy and control of your communications, along with all the other high-end smartphone features you have come to expect.”


Geeksphone Revolution dual-OS smartphone availability and pricing announced

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The upcoming Geeksphone Revolution has been given pricing and availability details by the company, which said it will be available from 20 February for 289 euros (Rs. 24,000 approximately).

The Geeksphone Revolution was first introduced back in November, and then further detailed in January. Geeksphone says the firm will probably provide an early-bird discount for online customers, with a price of 269 euros.

The Geeksphone Revolution will run on Google’s Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS and Firefox OS 1.3 via Boot2Gecko. The company claims that Geeksphone’s MultiOS technology will allow users to switch between Android, which will be running on top of Revolution phone by default, and Boot2Gecko byMozilla, or any other community-supported OS. Geeksphone has also revealed that users will be offered regular updates via a 1-click OTA system.

The Revolution features a 4.7-inch qHD (540×960 pixel) IPS display. The smartphone is powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor alongside 1GB of RAM. The Revolution phone sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash, while there is also a 2-megapixel front-facing camera onboard.

It comes with 4GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB with the help of microSD card. It packs a 2000mAh battery. The Revolution phone supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Micro-USB and 3G connectivity.

Also due to be unveiled at MWC 2014 by Geeksphone is the company’s Blackphone, a privacy and security-focused phone that is being developed in collaboration with Silent Circle. 

The specifications and other features are not yet known for the Blackphone. The Blackphone is powered by a customised version of Android made by the company in association with Silent Circle, called PrivatOS. 

The PrivatOS will allow the Blackphone user to make and receive secure calls, send encrypted text messages, store files securely and browse the web through an anonymous VPN.

According to Geeksphone, the Blackphone will be powered by a ‘top performing’ processor and a cellular module that is said to be compatible with any GSM network, and free of geographical restrictions.