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The ultraprivate Blackphone

Encryption made easy

Setup

Loose phones sink ships

Traditional apps interface

An 8-MP shooter for photogs

Here's what you get

A look at the screen

What's really going on

Access to your contacts

Security, your way

Smarter Wi-Fi

The circle

Quad-core power inside

Running 4G LTE and more

Unsubsidized for under $700

BARCELONA, Spain -- Running what Geeksphone calls "PrivatOS," (which is based on a modified version of Android) the $629 Blackphone handset was showcased this year at MWC and emphasizes user privacy.

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The Blackphone's straight-forward interface style states clearly how each choice you make will affect your information.
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During setup the Blackphone gives you a little insight into the philosophy behind the phone.
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The Blackphone runs on an modified version of Android; one in which the OS has been extensively altered, with a focus on increasing security and user privacy. Dubbed PrivatOS, essentially everything you do is kept secret.

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The traditional Android apps interface is still available for the Blackphone.
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On the back is an 8-megapixel camera with flash.

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The Blackphone's free subscription services makes its $630 price a bit easier to swallow.
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The phone houses a 4.7-inch screen with a 1,280x800 resolution IPS display.

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The Blackphone explains how app permissions work.
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The above screen shows you which apps have access to both the Internet and your system-level contacts.
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Security options are user-controlled and intended to be easily implemented. The UI is a simple and straightforward, while allowing for a great deal of flexibility with regard to which apps and services can access your information and which cannot.

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Smarter Wi-Fi turns off your Wi-Fi unless you're at a place -- home, work, etc. -- you've designated.
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The silent circle takes you home.
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Inside the handset is a 2GHz quad-core processor. Users will also get 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.

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It supports the usual protocols like Bluetooth 4.0, 801.11n Wi-Fi, LTE, and HSPA+, with 2GB of internal RAM and 16GB of onboard storage.

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The phone will ship this June; however, pre-order is available now. The basic starting package starts at $629, plus delivery costs.

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