Modern smartphones are pretty secure and come with a whole bunch of security features (both hardware and software-based) such as fingerprint sensors, iris scanners, encryption and more. But even though these are more than enough for majority of the users, there are some users who require nothing but the best when it comes to data security and privacy. These might not be everyday users, but those in specialized departments (e.g. government) who require all their information to be completely secure.
For those security buffs, here are 5 such smartphones that claim to offer the best in smartphone security.
Made by Israeli startup Sirin Labs, Solarin is arguably the world’s most expensive smartphone. According to the company, Solarin offers “the most advanced privacy technology, currently unavailable outside the agency world.” The smartphone offers 256-bit AES encryption, almost similar to what the defence forces use to secure their communication. Solarin can be activated via a physical security switch located at its back.
In terms of specifications, the smartphone comes with a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display of 1440×2560 pixel resolution. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, it has a 23.8MP rear camera.
Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry calls its recently launched DTEK50 as the ‘world’s most secure Android smartphone.’ The DTEK50 comes with features such as periodic application tracking, which automatically monitors the OS and apps. The feature also lets you know when your privacy could be at risk and what actions you can take to strengthen it. Apart from this, the DTEK50 has an interesting ‘Password keeper’ app. It enables you to store all your important passwords in one place. This information is entirely encrypted and is protected by a single password, which only you can access.
For those concerned about specifications, the smartphone comes with 5.2-inch Full HD scratch-resistant display of 1080×1920 pixel resolution. It packs an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor and sports a 13MP autofocus rear camera.
Launched by Silent Circle, the highlight of the Blackphone 2 is the company’s Silent OS. Even though Silent is based on Android, it comes with enhanced features to address mobile privacy concerns. The OS offers an ‘Enterprise Spaces’ feature that creates multiple, separate virtual devices on one device. The company claims to have the “world’s fastest vulnerability management,” which raises critical vulnerabilities within 72 hours of their detection or reporting. The updates and patches come directly from Silent Circle, with no carrier delays or waiting periods.
Major specifications of the Blackphone 2 include a 5.5-inch Full HD display with Gorilla Glass protection. It’s powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and has a 13 MP BSI sensor camera.
Additionally, the Blackphone 2 sports a 3,060mAh battery, which features quick charging. Sadly, it’s not user replaceable. Additional features include microSD card slot, LTE and 3GB of RAM.
Silent Circle has priced the phone at $649 – the same as the first generation Blackphone. As for the tablet, it’s a 7″ device, which uses a Qualcomm chip, but the company hasn’t shared much info just yet.
Boeing Black is a secure Android smartphone built by Boeing and BlackBerry Limited,targeted for (United States) government and military defenses communities, and people who “that need to keep communications and data secure”. In February 27, 2014, Boeing filled with the U.S Federal Communication Commision.
Boeing Black is the result of a collaboration between aerospace and defence giant Boeing and smartphone maker BlackBerry. Capable of encrypting calls, this Android-based smartphone is aimed at government agencies and other types of businesses where data security is crucial. The smartphone comes with a self-destruct feature. This ensures that any attempt to break open the casing of the device triggers the auto-deletion of the data and software on it, thus rendering it inoperable.
As for specifications, Boeing Black comes with a 5.2-inch display, a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor and a 1,590mAh battery.
Made out of Liquidmorphium, an amorphous alloy of zirconium, copper, aluminium, nickel and silver, the Turing Phone is ‘unbreakable’ according to its manufacturer. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with Turing’s own security-focused UI on top for end-to-end encryption.
In terms of the specifications, the Turing Phone sports a 5.5-inch display and is powered by a 2.5GHz Krait processor. A 3,000mAh battery is also included in the spec sheet.
The phone packs 16GB of internal storage cannot be expanded. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Turing Phone packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The Turing Phone runs Android 5.1 and is powered by a 3000mAh non removable battery. It measures 151.80 x 77.10 x 9.05 (height x width x thickness).
The Turing Phone is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Micro-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope.