Blackphone 2 Privacy-Centric Smartphone Now Available
The $799 Blackphone 2 offers business users and consumers the ability to keep their work and personal lives separate on the devices.
The Blackphone 2 security- and privacy-focused smartphone is now available for sale, almost seven months after its March introduction at Mobile World Congress as a successor to the original Blackphone. The Blackphone 2, which is offered by Silent Circle, runs on a the company's Enterprise Privacy Platform (EPP), a cloud-based combination of software, services and devices that enable a deeper level of privacy than other devices, according to the vendor. The handset, which is priced at $799 around the world, protects users by providing full device encryption by default using Silent Circle's Silent OS operating system and Android technologies, according to the company. The smartphone features a 5.5-inch Full HD display that is covered in protective Corning Gorilla Glass, a Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot that supports another 128GB of storage, and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. It also has a 5MP front-facing camera, a 3,060mAh battery with quick charging and worldwide LTE and 3G/HSPA+ connectivity. The device is 6 inches high, 3 inches wide and 0.3 inches thick.
The handsets are built for enterprise use with the ability to separate a user's personal and work calling, texting, social media activities and other functions into separate spaces on the device. The handset uses a built-in security center that enables the user to easily manage their privacy and security settings in one place, giving them control of individual app permissions and the data on the devices. Also included is a remote wipe setting that can be activated if the phone is lost or stolen.