Brazilian firm starts selling spy-proof smartphone

The device promises total privacy for calls and messages.

Brazilian security and cyberdefense company Sikur has started to take orders for its smartphone that promises "absolute privacy" for users concerned about the integrity of their information.

Following an initial launch at this year's Mobile World Congress, the firm is now selling its GranitePhone with first orders set to be delivered by December.

The Sikur smartphone runs its own operational system, the Granite OS, and comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1.7GHz processor in addition to a 16 megapixel rear camera, a 8 megapixel front camera and a 5 inch screen, as well as 16GB of internal storage and RAM of 2GB.

Key selling points for the device are the multiple layers of its security architecture, as well as the storage model, as data gets stored in the cloud in encrypted form. Users can also access data via their PC or other mobile devices and this is promoted as a feature that provides flexibility while minimizing the risk of privacy loss.

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The smartphone is retailing online for $849 until November 15. After that the price goes up to $999.

Priority regions and countries for the company in terms of fulfillment are Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the USA. Brazilian users will only get the device in early 2016.

French mobile outfit Archos is the main partner for the manufacturing and development for the device. Archos bought into the French military grade device maker Logic Instrument last year to start an enterprise and defence industrial products business.