All eyes will likely be focused on the launch of the latest version of the iPhone next month -- leaked memos indicate the iPhone 6S will probably debut sometime in September -- but another high-end smartphone will be making a much stealthier entrance to the market. The Blackphone 2 is the latest privacy-focused handset from device maker Silent Circle that features a bigger display, faster processor, and more memory.
Silent Circle first introduced the Blackphone 2 earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. While the original version of the phone was aimed at consumers, this one is targeted toward enterprise clients who want to make sure communications between employees are kept secure.
Shifting to Enterprise Market
Billing itself as the “world’s first enterprise privacy platform,” Silent Circle is building out an entire ecosystem of devices, software, and services for business clients looking for secure enterprise communications. “Silent Circle’s Enterprise Privacy Platform was built upon the company’s original founding purpose: to offer privacy in the face of widespread data surveillance and collection,” the company noted on its blog.
“Working within a global infrastructure that requires constant connection while maintaining the privacy of your organization and its employees is a massive challenge, and one that will only grow with the expansion of mobile services and offerings,” Bill Conner, president and CEO of the Switzerland-based company, said on its blog. “Silent Circle’s goal is to meet that challenge.”
The shift toward enterprise clientele is a significant one for the company, which had originally focused primarily on individual users concerned about personal privacy. But with the move into the enterprise market, Silent Circle is aiming to occupy the position BlackBerry once held as the secure mobile device of choice among businesses.
Bigger Display, More Memory
Like its predecessors, the new Blackphone runs on Silent Circle’s proprietary Silent OS, an Android-based operating system optimized for enhanced security. One of the features of the custom OS is Spaces, which allows an enterprise to create multiple “virtual phones” on a single device to keep information between personal and business accounts compartmentalized.
Silent Circle also assured that it will patch critical vulnerabilities within 72 hours of detection and reporting. Peer-to-peer encryption and secure text messaging allow employees to keep their conversations secure. The device also enables secure file transfers of up to 100 MB. The phones can be integrated into existing MDM (mobile device management) systems and the Android for Work Program.
In terms of specs, the Blackphone 2 gets a boost in both display size and memory. It sports a 5.5-inch Gorilla Glass display and 3 GB of RAM. It also features a 13-megapixel camera, micro SD card support and a 1.7 GHz octo-core processor. Although the device won’t be available for sale until September, Silent Circle began taking pre-orders yesterday on its Web site. The company has not announced a price for the handset, although the previous model debuted for $649.