Solarin is a New Smartphone Promising 'Military-Grade' Security
A new tech company called Sirin Labs is launching its first smartphone today. It's called the Solarin, and it's supposed to be a super high-end phone with super high-end security features built in. "Solarin incorporates the most advanced privacy technology, currently unavailable outside the agency world," Sirin Labs writes in its announcement.
If that doesn't tip you off, Sirin Labs is making some fairly bold security claims here, which you'll want to take with some skepticism for the time being — it's a new company, and there's no track record to judge it by.
A "shielded mode" is supposed to enable secure calling
Sirin Labs says its first phone includes "military grade" encryption integrated into its hardware. There's also a physical "Security Switch" that puts the phone into a "shielded mode" for making secure phone calls. Sirin Labs doesn't elaborate on how that works exactly, but, presumably, it won't fully shield the phone from outside signals (although that would make it pretty secure). The phone also appears to come with some sort of built-in security software.
Those security features come at one heck of a price: Engadget reports that Sirin Labs will sell the Solarin for £9,500 pre-tax, or just under $14,000 USD. It's seemingly hoping to target wealthy customers for whom privacy deeply matters.
Aside from its privacy features, the Solarin seems to be a pretty standard, mostly high-end smartphone. It has a 5.5-inch 2K display, a Snapdragon 810 processor, and a 23.8-megapixel camera with laser-assisted autofocus. That's not quite as high-end as you'd expect when paying over $10,000 for a phone, but I guess the Solarin's buyer is supposed to have higher priorities. Sirin Labs is also talking up its support for MU-MIMO and WiGig Wi-Fi, both of which offer faster speeds in certain situations (and if your router supports them).
Sirin Labs is unveiling the Solarin at an event today in London. We'll have more on the phone later.
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Update May 31st, 11:33AM ET: This story has been updated to note and reflect the phone's selling price.