Let’s get this out of the way right up top: Sikur’s GranitePhone is not for you. Security as a feature is nothing new — BlackBerry’s entire existence rests upon it at this point — but the GranitePhone takes security to another level. While the phone is based on Android, it runs a forked version known called GraniteOS that is startling in its simplicity. You can make secure, encrypted voice calls and use Sikur’s encrypted chat and messaging service. There’s also support for standard GSM calls and SMS messages, and you can take photos or add standard Exchange, POP or IMAP email accounts. But that’s it.
There’s no app store or even more built-in apps for things we take as standard smartphone features, and that’s all with intention. This isn’t a phone for the standard smartphone user, says Sikur CEO Fred D’Avila — instead, his company built a phone in partnership with hardware manufacturer Archos specifically for governments, big enterprise clients and financial institutions. The challenge will be convincing those potential clients to go with Sikur and the GranitePhone over its better-known competitors.
How important is privacy to you? Those who really care about it will pay a hefty amount of money to keep all their communications safe. That is the audience ARCHOS and Sikur are betting on with their GranitePhone, a privacy-focused handset they unveiled at MWC, this year.
These companies are now celebrating the announcement of the GranitePhone’s availability, as you can go directly to the official website and pre-order the device. In a similar manner to most previous security-focused mobile devices, this smartphone won’t come cheap – it is worth a mighty $849!
What is it that makes this phone special and will drive you away from other very powerful handsets at around the same price? It sure isn’t the specs, as the GranitePhone definitely lacks on that department. It’s more of a mid-end smartphone in terms of power, packing a Snapdragon 615 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and a 5-inch 1080p display.
I am not saying it’s a bad phone either, as it will probably run pretty well. It’s just that comparable devices like the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, ASUS ZenFone 2 and even the Moto G can offer similar performance for under $250.
This phone is not exactly for those looking to have the best “bang for your buck”. Instead, it harnesses the power of Granite OS, its Android-based operating system, to encrypt your calls, contacts, messages, chat, dashboard and more. It encompasses privacy at its fullest, applying multiple layers of protection. Of course, the device also takes advantage of Sikur applications to provide users with secure cloud storage solutions.
Surely, this might be a good solution for those who can truly appreciate a secure phone, but times are changing and even these types of devices are getting more fair with their prices. One of the GranitePhone’s biggest competitors will be the Turing Phone. Turing’s alternative starts at $610 and sports much more powerful specs.
We will have to wait and see how well ARCHOS and Sikur can sell this bad boy. If interested, you can always head over to the GranitePhone website and pre-order your own smartphone. Are any of you signing up for one?
The Blackphone isn’t the only smartphone out there that has security as its number one feature. A partnership between Archos and secure software specialists Sikur has yielded the GranitePhone, a device that runs Sikur’s fully encrypted GraniteOS on top of Android. As its site claims, the GranitePhone encrypts every bit of communication data on the device, including calls, messages, contacts and more. While the device has Android at its core, it doesn’t look like it includes Google’s service, including the Play Store — so it’s not likely to appeal to anyone except those who really put security at the forefront.
Then there’s the cost — $850 gets you decidedly mid-range specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chip with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 2700mAh battery. The 5-inch screen runs at 1080p, while the back and front cameras come in at 16 and 8 megapixels, respectively. Most of the users in the market for this device likely aren’t concerned about the rather pedestrian specs, though — it’s all about the encryption here. Unfortunately, the GranitePhone site only gives minimal details about what the experience of using the device will actually be like, so you’ll need to know that Sikur will do what you need it to before you plunk down your hard-earned cash.
Via: The Next Web
Archos, in partnership with SIKUR (think “secure”), has announced the availability of the GranitePhone by SIKUR, a new entry for people who are looking for an ultra-secure smartphone. The GranitePhone joins devices like the Blackphone and the Turing Phone as an option for users who need something more secure than your typical smartphone.
SIKUR provides encrypted communications apps and it appears they brought that expertise to the drawing board for the GranitePhone by helping to encrypt the device via the Granite OS the companies developed for the smartphone. Granite OS is based on Android, although they do not specify which version. The web site appears to show the device has abandoned the typical icon-filled homescreen with something that resembles an inbox or agenda view.
The hardware itself is mid-level grade with a Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch full HD display, 16GB of internal storage, a 16MP rear facing camera and 8MP front-facing camera and a 2700mAh battery.
The GranitePhone is currently available for order on the SIKUR GranitePhone web site for $850. You can read the full press release below.
ARCHOS with Sikur delivering the GranitePhone
”Your Privacy is back”
London, 9th October, 2015 ARCHOS today announces the forthcoming availability of thousands of the GranitePhone by SIKUR, allowing both companies to enter the global market of private communications smartphones, where the need for voice and data protection is a growing concern.
The GranitePhone, unveiled at MWC, has immediately attracted the attention of government, defense agencies as well as private companies and individual users concerned by their privacy, generating huge quantities of presales on the Granitephone website.
With a 5inch screen Full HD, Granite OS, 4G and a 16MP camera the phone has all the latest hardware specs along with an unrivalled focus on security, eliminating loopholes which could allow data theft and spying.
The security architecture has been carefully designed with multiple layers of protection to mitigate security issues whilst still delivering the best in mobile technology today.
For additional flexibility, the device’s data storage is also kept in an encrypted form in the cloud so that GranitePhone’s users can access safely to their data from anywhere, using SIKUR applications.
They can do so from a computer and from other mobile devices, either Android and even iOS, which ensures great flexibility without compromising privacy.
“ARCHOS, through its subsidiary Logic Instrument is pleased to have been selected as industrial and development partner for this project as the demand for secured mobile solutions is increasing” says Loïc POIRIER CEO of ARCHOS.
“With GranitePhone, you can create a corporate digital environment, secure for the exchange of strategic information, without compromising productivity and speed offered by mobile devices,” says Frederico D’Avila, CEO of Sikur.
The GranitePhone, the first smartphone entirely focused on user privacy can be ordered through the website http://www.granitephone.com
Note to the reader: This English language version is a free translation from original French press release and is available on the company’s corporate website (archos.com). In the event of inconsistencies between original French language version and this English translation, the French version will take precedence.
ARCHOS, a pioneer in the portable audio and video player market, and now specializing in Android Tablets and Smartphones, has repeatedly revolutionised the market for consumer electronics since 1988. Today, ARCHOS offers its own line of Android Tablets and Smartphones, as well as a full line of OEM devices. In 2000, ARCHOS launched the Jukebox 6000, the first MP3 player combined with a hard disk. In 2008, ARCHOS launched the first generation Internet Tablets, and then the first ever Android powered tablets in 2009. In 2013, ARCHOS launched its first generation of Smartphones with the ARCHOS Platinum series. ARCHOS has offices in Europe and Asia. ARCHOS is quoted on Compartment C of Eurolist, Euronext Paris, ISIN Code FR0000182479. Website: http://www.archos.com
Sikur is a company that operates in the information technology and security market. With a highly specialszed team and through the use of cutting-edge technology we have developed a Communication Platform at the highest levels of privacy and security. Our entire teams strive to maintain your communications intact in a digital world, using devices and media that are constantly evolving and changing. We have developed complex projects for governments and corporate customers that wish to preserve their greatest asset – their information. Sikur has offices in the USA, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Dubai and Mexico, in addition to three development centers around the world. Website:: http://www.sikur.com
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Security is the name of the game these days and there quite a few devices popping up in the rather niche industry of super-secure smartphones – the Blackphone and Turing Phone immediately come to mind. There is now a new challenger in this space from a rather unlikely manufacturer – Archos. The French manufacturer has had some interesting ideas over the years, but nothing has really stuck – we guess a secure smartphone was the logical next step. Teaming up with SIKUR (get it? secure), who specializes in secure corporate communication apps, Archos have created the GranitePhone, but will it rock your world? (I couldn’t help myself)
While the operating system is technically Android, it’s been completely repackaged as Granite OS and offers a number of secure features which will keep the security-savvy happy. As for specifications, the GranitePhone will run a Snapdragon 615, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage with a 5-inch 1080p display and a 2,700mAh. It’s not exactly anything to write home about, that battery looks positively pedestrian by current standards and when you couple in the $850 USD asking price, you get a device that doesn’t really seem worth its while – then again, the assurance of security is priceless for some.
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Following its announcement of the Diamond S, 50e Helium, 50 Cesium and Diamond Tab last week, ARCHOS has today unveiled yet another smartphone in its rapidly-growing IFA 2015 lineup of devices, the Diamond Plus.
In terms of specifications, the Plus packs a 5-inch Full HD display, a 1.5GHz MediaTek octa-core 64-bit SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable memory, a 16MP rear-facing camera, an 8MP front-facing shooter and a 2,850mAh battery.
The handset will run the latest build of Lollipop straight out of the box. However, like previous smartphones manufactured by the French company, it won’t come with a custom user interface on board, thereby giving users the opportunity to enjoy pure Android.
With regards to pricing and availability, the Diamond Plus will retail for $275 in the United States, £179 in the United Kingdom and Rs. 18,299 in India when it launches in these regions mid-November.
If you’re attending IFA and would like to see a demonstration of this device, it will be on ARCHOS’ stand at the conference starting Friday, September 4.
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ARCHOS, the French smartphone manufacturer, has really been on a roll lately. It just recently announced two new Android-powered smartphones, the Diamond S and 50e Helium, as well as a new tablet called the Diamond Tab. Today the company is adding yet another budget-friendly device to its Diamond line with the launch of the new Diamond Plus smartphone.
The Diamond Plus features a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 1.5GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6753 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and microSD expansion up to 32GB. It also comes with two SIM card slots, a 16MP rear-facing camera, an 8MP front camera, and a 2850mAh battery. If you’re interested in getting a closer look at the handset, you can check out a 3D render of the Diamond Plus on ARCHOS’ website.
The Diamond Plus will be available sometime in November for just £179.99. ARCHOS plans to show off the device at IFA 2015 alongside the Diamond S, 50e Helium and Diamond Tab.
ARCHOS recently announced the high-end Diamond S smartphone ahead of IFA, and didn’t stop there. The French manufacturer just announced their new flagship Diamond Tab, running Android Lollipop with 4G/LTE connectivity. ARCHOS didn’t cut any corners, they are powering the Diamond Tab with a Mediatek octa-core processor, with 3GB of RAM for multitasking and 32GB of storage for apps, media, and games.
The tablet will have a 7.9″ IPS display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels living up to the Diamond name that ARCHOS gave it. Other specs include expandable memory via microSD, 5MP rear camera, Android 5.1, 4G/LTE, and a 4800mAh battery. Expect the Diamond Tab to makes its debut in Berlin on September 4th at IFA.
The ARCHOS Diamond Tab will go on sale in October 2015 for 179GBP or roughly $275 in the ARCHOS webstore.
Archos has announced a new high-end tablet set to be shown off at IFA this year, titled the Diamond Tab. The tablet boasts some relatively powerful specs and an aggressive price tag, so it might be something to keep on your radar if you’re in the market.
The Diamond Tab utilizes an octa-core MediaTek processor with 3 GB of RAM and has a 2K 7.9-inch screen. There’s 32 GB of internal storage, which should be plenty of space for most people, and and a 5 megapixel rear camera. Best of all, the price tag comes in at £179, or about $276. That’s not the cheapest tablet on the market, but it’s pretty decently priced considering the rest of the hardware.
Archos will be showing off more of the Diamond Tab at IFA this year.
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Although ARCHOS just recently unveiled the budget-friendly Diamond S and 50e Helium smartphones, that’s not stopping the French smartphone maker from announcing yet another Android device prior to the IFA 2015 trade show. Dubbed the Diamond Tab, this new 4G LTE-capable tablet will be available for purchase sometime in October for only £179.
When it comes to specifications, the Diamond Tab features a 7.9-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2048×1536, a 64-bit 1.7 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT8752 processor, 3GB of RAM as well as 32GB of on-board storage. It also has a 5MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP front-facing shooter, a 4800mAh battery and runs a near-vanilla version of Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box.
Considering the impressive list of specifications and seemingly solid build quality, £179 is certainly not a bad price for this tablet. And just like the company’s newest smartphone offerings, the Diamond Tab will be shown off at IFA 2015. We’ll be attending IFA this year, and we’re hoping to get some quality hands-on time with the newest devices from ARCHOS.