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This is Sirin Labs' $14,000 Android phone focused on security

By Scorpus
Jun 1, 2016
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  1. Sirin Labs has delivered on its promise to announce a ludicrously expensive smartphone with "military-grade security" today, revealing the 'Solarin' accompanied by a £9,500 pre-tax price tag (around US$14,000).

    If you were expecting to get the latest and greatest hardware in the Solarin – after all, the company describes this devices as the "Rolls-Royce of smartphones – you'll be disappointed. The handset packs a 5.5-inch 1440p display and a last-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, as well as a 24-megapixel camera described by The Verge's Vlad Slavov as "immediately unimpressive".

    Other hardware features include a large 4,000 mAh battery, 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of non-expandable storage, a fingerprint sensor, and a massive, thick body that weighs a solid 250 grams. On the software front you're left with outdated Android 5.1 and a heavy skin with a spy aesthetic.

    The main selling point to the Solarin is a "security switch" on the back of the device that enables a locked down and secure mode, allowing the user to place secure phone calls and send encrypted messages. The secure mode also disables sensors and hardware features, and all data is protected by 256-bit AES encryption.

    Is this sort of security worth the $14,000 price tag? Probably not. But Sirin Labs is certainly after a niche set of users that would pay such an exorbitant amount of money to supposedly keep their data safe.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,519   +2,062

    "Is this sort of security worth the $14,000 price tag? Probably not".
    Definitely not to a normal individual, but maybe to ISIS it is...
     
  3. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 957   +273

    Maybe Hillary Clinton will get one...
     
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  4. Tosikko

    Tosikko TS Booster Posts: 24   +25

    This is so unimpressive that it's borderline hilarious. What new does this bring to the table exactly?
    If you put aside global coverage and battery size, it's basically a pricey spy gadget.
     
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  5. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Guru Posts: 382   +342

    "you'll be disappointed. The handset packs a 5.5-inch 1440p display and a last-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC"

    Like anyone other then benchmarkers would ever notice.....
     
  6. melkiik

    melkiik TS Enthusiast Posts: 42   +10

    For 14,000 $, a phone boasting absolute security with a google chrome on its desktop...
     
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  7. DJMIKE25

    DJMIKE25 TS Addict Posts: 155   +51

    It's an oxymoron in and of itself. haha
     
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  8. DJMIKE25

    DJMIKE25 TS Addict Posts: 155   +51

    I can't stop laughing every time I read this.
     

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