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The security-focused Blackphone 2, announced at Mobile World Congress back in March, is now available for pre-order, shipping sometime next month. With the company now focused on bulk sales to enterprise rather than to consumers, the webpage doesn’t reveal pricing, which likely depends on volume. The existing model came in at $629.

While Android wouldn’t necessarily be the obvious starting point for a smartphone whose selling-point is privacy, the company says that the combination of its Android-based Silent OS and own-brand apps ensures that data is secured and communications are encrypted … 

The Silent Phone app offers end-to-end encrypted audio and video, Silent Text provides secure messaging and file transfers of up to 100MB and individual apps can have their permissions configured as desired. An approach known as Spaces provides up to four virtual phones within one device, enabling business and personal data to remain completely separate.

The updated model has a larger, 5.5-inch display, a 64-bit 1.7GHz Octa-Core processor and a generous 3GB RAM.

The company is still working on a tablet version, to be known at the Blackphone+, but has so far shared little about the device.

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