Silent Circle, the company which launched a privacy-focused smartphone called Blackphone has just announced the Blackphone 2 at the MWC. The company also mentioned that it is working on a privacy-based tablet as well called Blackphone+.
Blackphone is popular for its ultra privacy factor. It runs a very secure and unique Android version called PrivatOS developed by Silent Circle which is capable of running Android apps. The original idea for the Blackphone was to provide ultimate smartphone privacy and security to end users so that companies, firms and law agencies cannot track or get the user’s information from the phone. Before launching BlackPhone, Silent Circle had its own voice and messaging apps like Silent Phone and Silent text which provided extra security to users.
Blackphone 2 has got some improvements over its predecessor. It now has all glass front and back and has more premium look and finishing than the original device. The device now features a larger 5.5 inch screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with 1080p display, a faster octa-core 64 bit processor and 3GB of RAM. According to the company, the device will be available for pre order and at retail stores during summer. The phone has a non-removable 3,060mAh battery and an expandable microSD card slot.
Alongside Blackphone 2, the company also showcased a prototype of a tablet named Blackphone+ which will be released in fall this year. The tablet features an 8 inch display as depicted by the prototype but no other details are known about the device. CTO of Silent Circle Jon Callas said in an interview that they are still working on deciding which things to go with in a tablet for instance the aspect ratio – whether it can be 16:9 or 4:3 etc. There are a number of things still undecided about the tablet.