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Quasar IV: Supersecure Android ninja phone (pictures)

Based on encryption algorithms years in the making, the security of this self-funded Android smartphone throws down the gauntlet to data thieves.

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Security at Quasar IV's heart, plus specs to spare

A self-funded Indiegogo project with lofty goals vows to do the following: create the most secure Android smartphone on the planet. It's calling this wonder device the Quasar IV.
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Built like a fortress

With a heavy emphasis on layers of software-based and local encryption, the prototype's physical design reinforces the message of strength with hard edges and a thick, blocky form.
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Ports aplenty

Ports take up an unusual position on the phone's base.
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Leaving its mark

QSAlpha marks the top of its prototype phone and stylizes the 13-megapixel dual-lens camera openings.
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Back view

Brushed aluminum and a snappy motif signify the bottom of this new phone.
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Waterproof

Screws near the volume rocker reinforce the device's waterproof rating.
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Front-facing camera

From the front, the Quasar IV is an innocent-looking phone. Little do you know, it also contains an unheard-of 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
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Security is in the chips

Hardware chips locally store encrypted data, like calls, texts, and e-mail.
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Innards

A look at the Quasar IV, all broken down.
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A new spin on Android

Fortifying its security stance, the Quasar IV and QuaOS present a new password grid built on top of Android 4.3.
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App tray

A buttoned-up look characterizes the phone's app grid.
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Make yourself at home

QSAlpha seems to show off different 3D widgets for customizing home pages.
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Dark themes

There are both dark and light themes.
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More customization

Customization includes wallpaper.
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Drag and drop

You'll be able to place various widgets where you'd like.
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Sketchy past

Sketches demonstrate the evolution of the Quasar IV.
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Internals, too

This set of sketches offers a rare glimpse at the birth of a new smartphone, from the inside out.

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