Monday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Silent Circle and Geeksphone introduced Blackphone, a smartphone that enables encrypted communications, private browsing and secure file-sharing. The pro-privacy phone runs an Android build called PrivatOS and is priced at $629.
Blackphone targets consumers and enterprises who wish to retain control of their information footprints. Toby Weir-Jones, Blackphone General Manager at Silent Circle, expects the phone to be popular among BYOD users because while it includes some native management features, the solution works with any MDM platform. Native capabilities include secure voice, video, text, file transfer, search and browsing, as well as remote wipe and kill.
Blackphone is powered by a >2 GHz quad-core SoC and includes premium features such as a 4.7-inch HD IPS screen, LTE, HSPA+, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8 megapixel primary camera with flash and a 1.3 megapixel front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n WiFi and GPS.
The phone is available for pre-order today and should ship in June, according to Weir-Jones.