Israeli startup Sirin Labs has launched the Solarin, the world’s most expensive Android smartphone. So expensive that its been dubbed the ‘Rolls Royce of smartphones’.
Priced at approximately Rs. 9 lakh, it is claimed to be the ‘most secure’ Android smartphone in the world. According to the company, Solarin offers “the most advanced privacy technology, currently unavailable outside the agency world.” Sporting a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB of inbuilt storage, and with support for over 24 bands of LTE providing 450mbps download speed, the phone promises “far-superior” WI-Fi connectivity as compared to other standard smartphones. The exorbitant smartphone offers 256-bit AES encryption, almost similar to what the armed forces use for secure communications. For privacy, Solarin has a mobile threat protection app from security expert Zimperium. Along with KoolSpan, they integrated the chip-to-chip 256-bit AES encryption. A physical security switch located at the back of the phone activates the smartphone’s shielded mode where users can make calls and send messages that are fully encrypted.
Solarin has a 5.5-inch IPS LED curved screen that has a 2K resolution protected by Gorilla Glass 4. Sirin Labs used a metal matrix composite chassis for the Solarin that incorporates titanium panels for structural strength. The smartphone features a 23.8 megapixel rear camera, with laser autofocus and a unique four-tone flash. On the front is a 8 megapixel camera that comes with a flash and electrical image stabilization. Solarin runs on a heavily modified Android 5.1 OS. Sirin Labs sure didn’t compromize on the weight of the Solarin, which weighs as much as 250gms.
The body measures 78mm x 159.8mm x 11.1mm, packing a 4,000mAh battery which claims to provide a talk-time of 31 hours and a standby time of over 2 weeks. The phone also comes with Qualcomm Quickcharge 2.0 support. Solarin is water/dust resistant up to IP54 level and comes in four colour options: Fire Black Carbon Leather with Titanium, Fire Black Carbon Leather with Diamond-like Carbon, Fire Black Carbon Leather with Yellow Gold and Crystal White Carbon Leather with Diamond-like Carbon.
Constructed with over 2,500 inner components after two years of R&D at facilities in Sweden and Tel Aviv, the Solarin is currently available on its own flagship store in London’s Mayfair neighborhood, and is set to go on sale at Harrods on the 30th of June. The company also plans to open additional retail stores across Europe, North America, and Asia later this year.