Israeli startup Sirin Labs today unveiled the Solarin, a $14,000 privacy focused smartphone with some rather odd specifications.
Showcased in front of a large London crowd, the phone features a 5.5-inch screen and snapdragon 810 processor; last years flagship chipset. The device is targeted primarily at business travellers and entrepreneurs with lots of money, hence the ludicrous pricetag. The most unique feature of the Solarin is its ability to flip into secure mode at the touch of a switch. This essentially disables most of the handset features, keeping only the essentials like voice calling and messaging. Even these are still protected by rigorous security.
The handset itself runs on a modified version of Android 5.1 with the latest security updates currently only found on the Blackberry Priv and Nexus handsets. A beefy 4,000mAh battery is crammed inside, while the 1440p IPS display apparently covers 120% of the sRGB colour space. 4GB RAM and 128GB storage is also included, but there’s no microSD slot, probably due to security reasons. Interestingly, they’ve decided to include a fingerprint sensor despite the fact that they are actually quite easy to fool.
Perhaps the last major talking point about the Solarin is the rear camera, which comes in at a crazy 24-megapixels. The company proudly called this the best camera in the world and while it’s probably good, we have a hard time believing that it will live up to that claim. This is paired with an 8 megapixel front camera that carries its own flash, a nice touch that should really be standard on most handsets by now.
Unsurprisingly, getting hold of a Solarin will be a decidedly exclusive affair. The handset will initially only be available through SIRIN LABS Mayfair store from June 1. Harrods and Knightsbridge will then both stock the device thereafter from June 30.
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Via Mobile News