World’s costliest smartphone hits the stands at $14,000

Bringing speculations to an end, Israeli start up Sirin Labs has unveiled its high-end $14,000 (over Rs 9 lakh) Android smartphone that promises chip-to-chip 256-bit encryption similar to what the military uses to protect communications. Dubbed as the `Rolls Roys smartphones’, the device of smartphones’, the device called Solarin is activated via a physical security switch on the back.

Solarin packs in Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, promises “far superior “Wi-Fi connectivity, has a 23.8 megapixel rear camera and a 5.5 inch IPS LED 2k resolution screen. For the Solarin promises “the most advanced privacy technology, currently unavailable outside the agency world”, Sirin Labs has joined hands with communication security firm KoolSpan.

According to Sirin Labs, it wanted to “create the most advanced mobile device that combined the highest privacy settings, operated faster than any other phone, built with the best materials from around the world.”

The device for the rich and famous is available at Sirin Labs’ first retail store in Mayfair (34 Bruton Place), London from June 1 and at Harrods, Knightsbridge from June 30. The luxury smartphone is not a new phenomenon, with Nokia having launched a $310,000 `Signature Cobra’ device back in 2006 and the $5,000 `Constellation’ smartphone in 2011.