Secure smartphone gets glamorous London launch

SOLARIN-PhoneCelebrities were out in force this week at the launch of the Solarin, a smartphone which is said to be more secure than any other device on the market at the moment.

The event in the capital included such glittering attendees as Leonardo DiCaprio and the UK’s very own Tom Hardy, although neither star would be drawn to comment on the handset itself.

With a 5.5 inch QHD screen, a Snapdragon 810 processor and a 23.8 megapixel camera, it is a well equipped device, coming close to matching similar models like the Samsung Galaxy S7.

However, with a price of £9,500 it is also much more expensive than all of its rivals combined, according to Wired. And while it may have a premium design, the real reason for the high cost is the degree of digital protection that it offers owners.

Anti-hacking software from Zimperium and an encryption chip from KoolSpan work together to keep the device and all the data it stores safe from prying eyes. But of course similar features are available from Silent Circle’s Blackphone, which is sold for less than a tenth of the cost of the Solarin in the UK.