But earlier this year we learned the company was working on its first smartphone with a touchscreen display, and possibly a BlackBerry clone with a physical keyboard. Now the first of those devices is up for pre-order. The Punkt MC02 is a smartphone with a stripped down, privacy-focused version of Android called Apostrophy OS, and it’s available for pre-order for $749.
For that price you get a smartphone with specs, that honestly feel a bit mid-range. But the phone comes with a 2-year warranty, a 1-year subscription to Apostrophy Services (including secure email, calendar, contact management, and storage), and a de-Googled version of Android 13 that’s based on grapheneOS.
That said, you could probably find a phone with similar specs for half the price, so the main reason to invest is probably because you like the look or ethos of the phone and/or want to support Punkt’s business model of focusing on minimalist devices.
So what kind of mid-range specs are we talking about?
- Display: 6.67 inches, 2400 x 1080 pixels, 60 Hz, 400 nits
- Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 900
- RAM: 6GB LPDDR5
- Storage: 128GB UFS 2.2 + microSD cards up to 2TB
- Front: 24MP
- Rear: 64MP primary, 8MP wide-angle, 2MP macro
- Battery: 5,500 mAh
- Charging: 18W wired + 18W wireless
- Ports: USB 2.0 Type-C, 3.5mm headphone
- Wireless: WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS, 5G, 4G LTE
- Audio: Stereo speakers, dual microphones
- Security: Fingerprint sensor (side mounted)
The phone measures 166 x 78 x 11mm and weighs 236 grams.