Silent Circle launched the original Blackphone in 2014. It’s a smartphone with an Android-based operating system called PrivatOS that attempts to put privacy and security front and center.
Now the company is getting ready to launch it’s second phone. The Blackphone 2 should be available in September.
The new model features a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a 1.7 GHz octa-core 64-bit processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, 32GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and support for quick charging.
Blackphone has also renamed its operating system: now it’s called Silent OS. It’s still based on Google Android, but now there’s support for “spaces,” which lets you create up to four different profiles on one device without any data being shared between them. This lets you create work and personal profiles, for instance. There’s also support for enterprise spaces that are controlled by your company… but which cannot access your personal data. This helps protect the security of both users and their employers.
Other features include a Security Center that lets users adjust privacy settings, app permission, encryption, and other features. And the Blackphone 2 comes with Silent Circle’s apps for making phone calls and sending text messages using encrypted peer-to-peer communications.
Just note that your communications are only secure if you’re talking to someone else who’s also using the same secure network.
Pricing hasn’t yet been announced, but the original Blackphone sold for $629, but that price also included a 2-year subscription to Silent Circle’s suite of apps and services.
via Tom’s Hardware