This is the world’s most secure smartphone
Endorsed by Leo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, the Solarin costs around AED 51,000.Meryl D'Souza June 8, 2016
In August 2014, an anonymous hacker leaked a collection of almost 500 naked pictures of more than 100, mostly female, celebrities on 4Chan and ultimately Reddit.
The hacker used a phishing scheme where he sent e-mails to the celebrities that looked like they were from Apple or Google, asking them to provide their usernames and passwords and then got access to their accounts. Some of the names affected included Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna, Kate Upton, Selena Gomez and Cara Delevingne.
It’s instances like that infamous hack that makes buying Sirin Labs' premium £9,500/$14,000/AED 51,000 (plus taxes) Solarin phone seem worth it. This is a phone meant for the one per cent of the world, those with the most to hide - and people who are just really shady with their Snapchat.
Is it worth it?
Unveiled by start-up Sirin Labs – that’s headed by former Google and Sony Mobile alumni Tal Cohen and Fredrik Öijer – the Solarin is being called the most secure smartphone in the world.
But it is not merely a status symbol. The Solarin is not just an expensive, gimmicky bling phone with features that an ordinary Samsung Galaxy S5 can better. Yes, the cost is eye watering, but offering military-grade encryption technology to your consumers is bound to come at a price.
At the London launch of the Solarin last week, superstars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy were on hand to lend their support. Hardy claimed he relies on several cheap handsets and mobile numbers to protect his privacy. Leo remained coy, but we imagine dating a string of models must come with its own set of digital problems in this day and age.
The phone comes with Zimperium state-of-the-art mobile threat protection and KoolSpan military-grade chip-to-chip 256-bit AES encryption, which offers the strongest possible mobile privacy protection worldwide. The company went on record to say that the Solarin has "the most advanced privacy technology, currently unavailable outside the agency world."
It’s also the first smartphone in the world with WiGig technology that allows for speeds up to 4.6GBps – which essentially means users could download a Full HD movie in about five seconds.
Since Solarin users will be paying for the best of everything, the phone will be powered by a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and will feature a 23.8-megapixel rear camera, with laser autofocus and industry-leading four-tone flash, 4K recording capabilities and an 8-megapixel front camera with flash and electrical image stabilization.
Obviously a phone that costs so much has to look good. There’s no place for diamond-encrusted ostentation here. Instead, Sirin brought in designer Karim Rashid to give the phone its understated titanium and leather design.
Display and OS
The Solarin’s 5.5-inch Gorilla Glass 4-protected IPS screen with LED 2K resolution will be powered by Google’s Android.
Battery and storage
The IP54 level water and dust resistant phone comes with 4,000mAh battery that the company claims will last for 31 hours of talk time and a standby time of over two weeks. The phone will also feature 4GB of RAM and 128GB of non-expandable storage.
The phone will come in four flavours, namely: Fire Black Carbon Leather with Titanium; Fire Black Carbon Leather with Diamond-like Carbon; Fire Black Carbon Leather with Yellow Gold; Crystal White Carbon Leather with Diamond-like Carbon.
The Solarin will be sold online, at Harrods and at Sirin Labs' first store in London's Mayfair from June 1, 2016.
For more information visit sirinlabs.com.