Blackphone, the world's first smartphone enabling encryption has been launched at the MWC

MWC: World's first privacy protecting smartphone launched

Blackphone, the world’s first Android smartphone capable of encrypting text messages and voice calls, has been introduced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today.

A joint project of the Silent Circle, a global encrypted communications service, and Geeksphone, a Madrid-based specialist in open source mobile telephony solutions, Blackphone will sell for $629 (£380).

The device, using the Android-based PrivatOS operating software, provides a whole set of application tools offering unparalleled security and privacy. It is now available for pre-order to individuals and enterprises as an unlocked device and will also be available through selected partner carriers.

Blackphone, powered by a 2GHz quad-core SoC, features a 4.7in HD IPS screen, LTE, HSPA+, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8MP primary camera with flash and 1.3MP front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi, GPS, and more.  

"We wanted to deliver not just the best privacy, but the best total package," said Toby Weir-Jones, SGP Technologies' managing director. "Blackphone offers unprecedented value in a turnkey secure communications platform, and it's easy enough to use that anyone who's used a smartphone before will feel right at home as soon as they turn it on."

The security and privacy features developed by the Silent Circle will be available for at least two years and subject to further subscription.

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