Sirin Labs, a startup that's amassed $72 million (£49m) in venture funding, has launched the Solarin, a luxury smartphone with an emphasis on "military-grade" security.
The company, headed by former Google and Sony Mobile alumni Tal Cohen and Fredrik Öijer, will compete with the likes of the encryption-focused Blackphone from Silent Circle, GranitePhone, various BlackBerry options and Samsung's KNOX mobile security software. Firmly knocking on the door of competitor brand Vertu, Solarin is supposedly aimed at the “international business person who carries a lot of sensitive information” and “doesn’t want to compromise on usability, quality or design”.
In terms of security, the Solarin comes with mobile threat protection courtesy of Zimperium, which looks to stop an array of device, network and application-based mobile cyberattacks. Sirin has also partnered with KoolSpan, a company that specialises in mobile voice and messaging security, to build in chip-to-chip 256-bit AES encryption – supposedly the same technology that militaries around the world use to protect communications.
In a neat secret-agent-style function, this protection tech is activated by a "Security Switch" on the back of the handset. Once pushed, the Solarin enters its shielded mode, whereupon it offers up its on-board options for fully encrypted calls and messages. "Cyber-attacks are endemic across the globe. This trend is on the increase. Just one attack can severely harm reputations and finances," said Tal Cohen, CEO and co-founder of Sirin Labs.
The handset boasts Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor with X10 LTE and Wi-Fi (450mbps downlink, 150mbps uplink); support for 24 bands LTE compatibility so it can be a "global phone", plus using 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO the phone can reach three times the bandwidth of a standard smartphone; there's also WiGig Wi-Fi, which pushes data transfer to 4.6Gbps. Qualcomm Quick Charge is included for fast charging, too.
At launch, the company says that the Solarin will be available in different variants such as Fire Black Carbon Leather with Titanium; Fire Black Carbon Leather with Diamond-like Carbon; Fire Black Carbon Leather with Yellow Gold, and Crystal White Carbon Leather with Diamond-like Carbon. The company has not revealed pricing for the different variants of the Solarin smartphone. The company claimed that Solarin is made up of over 2,500 inner components and has been developed after two years of R&D at facilities in Sweden and Tel Aviv.
The smartphone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop that's been heavily customised for security. For privacy, Solarin will pack mobile threat protection app from security expert Zimperium. The company partnered with KoolSpan to integrate chip-to-chip 256-bit AES encryption. The handset sports a Security Switch on the back that when flipped activates a shielded mode where users can make calls and send messages that are fully encrypted.
- Display Size: 5.5-inch
- Screen resolution: 1440x2560 pixels
- Processor: octa-core
- RAM: 4GB
- Internal Storage: 128GB
- Rear camera: 23.8-megapixel
- Front Camera: 8-megapixel
- Battery: 4040 mAh
- OS: Android 5.1
Oh, BTW, it will cost you around Rs.10 Lakhs to get your hands on one of these.
Source: NDTV Gadgets, Wired