Blackphone: The “NSA Proof” smartphone

In about three weeks time, SGP Technologies’ Blackphone will stealthily enter the mainstream market after being available for preorder since the beginning of the year. The smartphone is designed for privacy and security and runs a modified version of Android called PrivatOS. The Blackphone was developed from a partnership between Geeksphone and security firm Silent Circle.

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The actual specs of the phone are nothing to write home about, it would be fair to say that the Blackphone is probably equivalent to last year’s flagships from Samsung or HTC. It runs a 2GHz quad -core processor with 1 GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. The screen is a 4.7 HD IPS display (exact DPI is not known yet) and will feature a 8MP back camera.

The main feature of the device is its end-to-end encryption and complete control of what private information apps can access. While it is being pitched and touted as “NSA proof” but that is mostly just journalistic license since there is no ACTUAL proof (pun intended) that it is “NSA Proof”

So what is the price of security? A cool $629.

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