Things to know about the ‘Rolls Royce of smartphones’

Called Solarin, the smartphone is known as the ‘Rolls Royce of smartphones’. Israeli startup Sirin Labs has launched the world’s most expensive smartphone. Here are 15 things you need to know about the Android phone priced at $17,000 (Rs 11.3 lakhs approximately).

1. ‘Most secured’ Android phone

The top-of-the-range phone promises military-grade encryption technology to protect users’ calls and messages and is aimed squarely at business leaders, celebrities, VIPs and the super-rich.

The smartphone offers 256-bit AES encryption, almost similar to what the defence forces use to protect communication. The smartphone can be activated via a physical security switch located at the back of the phone.

2. Up to ten times faster


It has, company officials claim, the best screen, the best daylight smart phone camera, the richest and loudest speakers, more 4G LTE bands than any other phone ever, and WiFi speeds up to ten times faster than today’s networks.

Want to download a full HD movie in just five seconds? Sirin Labs promises that too.

The one hitch is the price tag. Got a spare $17,000? The basic model is an eye-watering £9,500 plus VAT, or $16,560 including U.S. taxes.

3. Privacy package


When the security switch is activated, the phone enters a shield mode for fully encrypted calls and messages.

So what does Solarin offer for your wads of dollars?

There’s a “carefully curated privacy package,” with Zimperium state-of-the-art mobile threat protection and KoolSpan military-grade chip-to-chip 256-bit AES encryption, which they say offers the “strongest possible mobile privacy protection worldwide.”

4. First Global smart phone with WiGig technology


It’s globally optimized, meaning Solarin “connects with the speed of a local handset anywhere in the world,” says Fredrik Oijer, Sirin Labs’ vice president of product.

Company officials say it’s also the first global smart phone with WiGig technology, offering speeds of up to 4.6Gbps, enabling near-instant cloud access, and synching of photos, videos and media.

5. Target for hackers


“This is something that can happen to any one of us,” says Cohen. “It’s just a question of if you’re targeted or not.”

The affluent and influential customers Sirin Labs hopes to attract — celebrities, VIPs and business leaders — are particularly vulnerable to this kind of attack.

“One of the most important things that we learnt during the last several years is that physical security has to go with cyber security,” says Sirin Labs advisory board member Rami Efrati, founder and president of Israeli cyber security firm Firmitas.

“All our lives are inside this small machine called the smart phone,” he tells CNN.

6. Runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor


Solarin runs on 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, comes with support for 24 bands of LTE, and promises “far superior” Wi-Fi connectivity than standard mobile phones.

7. Has a 23.8MP camera


It features a 23.8-megapixel camera, with laser autofocus and four-tone flash. There’s an 8-megapixel front camera with flash and electrical image stabilization.

8. Design and Weight


As for design, it seems they’ve consciously avoided the ostentatious bling you might expect from a phone in this price range.

The understated titanium and leather design is by celebrated industrial designer Karim Rashid, who’s worked with Giorgio Armani, Alessi and Veuve Cliquot.

Solarin is surely not a sleek smartphone, it weighs as much as 250gm. It measures 78mm wide x 159.8mm x 11.1mm.

9. Display and OS


Solarin has a 5.5-inch Gorilla Glass 4-protected IPS screen with LED 2K resolution. The smartphone runs on heavily skinned Android 5.1 operating system.

10. Sound


The sound system sound uses three bass-boosted speakers, linked through a smart amplifier to maximize volume but control distortion, and can go up to 90 decibels.

11. Non-expandable storage


Solarin packs a 4,000mAh battery and has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of non-expandable storage. The company claims talk-time of 31 hours (UMTS) and standby time of ‘over 2 weeks’ for the smartphone. It also comes with Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0 support.

12. Colour options


The smartphone 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.

13. Is water and dust resistant


Solarin is water/dust resistant up to IP54 level.

14. ‘No 100 percent secure solution’


But is it possible to create a smart phone that is invulnerable to attack? And by declaring yourself the world’s most secure smart phone, aren’t you setting a challenge to every hacker on the planet?

“We’re not saying it’s unhackable,” says Avraham. “But at least we will detect it.

“We’ll be able to reverse-engineer the attacks, see what they tried to do. Even disinfect the phone without the user having to do anything.

“There is 24/7 incident response at both Zimperium and Sirin that monitors all of these devices.

“There is no 100 percent secure solution, but the other alternative is to get hacked and not know about it.”

15. Availability


Solarin smartphone is available on its own flagship store in London’s Mayfair neighborhood; and will go on sale at Harrods from on June 30. The company also plans to open additional retail stores across Europe, North America, and Asia later in the year.


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