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

Built like a fortress

Ports aplenty

Leaving its mark

Back view

Waterproof

Front-facing camera

Security is in the chips

Innards

A new spin on Android

App tray

Make yourself at home

Dark themes

More customization

Drag and drop

Sketchy past

Internals, too

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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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 take up an unusual position on the phone's base.
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QSAlpha marks the top of its prototype phone and stylizes the 13-megapixel dual-lens camera openings.
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Brushed aluminum and a snappy motif signify the bottom of this new phone.
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Screws near the volume rocker reinforce the device's waterproof rating.
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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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Hardware chips locally store encrypted data, like calls, texts, and e-mail.
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A look at the Quasar IV, all broken down.
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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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A buttoned-up look characterizes the phone's app grid.
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QSAlpha seems to show off different 3D widgets for customizing home pages.
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There are both dark and light themes.
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Customization includes wallpaper.
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You'll be able to place various widgets where you'd like.
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Sketches demonstrate the evolution of the Quasar IV.
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This set of sketches offers a rare glimpse at the birth of a new smartphone, from the inside out.
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