One of the strange smartphones to debut in this year’s MWC event is the SikurPhone. Sikur was responsible for the GranitePhone years ago, the Brazilian company is back with the successor and it’s still all about security. Now, the SikurPhone smartphone is targeted at those interested in safeguarding their cryptocurrency on their mobile phones without the fear of hackers getting to it. The smartphone is all encrypted with minimal features and not much of an hardware. It also comes with Sikur’s own cryptocurrency wallet, that makes it easier to store and check your balance from time to time.
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SikurPhone Key Specs and Features
- 5.0-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1920 X 1080 pixels
- Octa-core MediaTek MT6750 CPU with 4GB RAM
- 64GB built-in storage, up to 256GB with a memory card
- 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera
- Built-in cryptocurrency wallet
- Fingerprint sensor (rear)
- 2, 800 mAh non removable Li-ion battery
Design and Display
The SikurPhone is not much of the fancy phone as it doesn’t come with the trending 18:9 aspect ratio. The bezels are not as reduced as in recent smartphones and neither are they heavy. However, it has a metallic design which gives it that premium feel. But have it in mind that this smartphone centered on security rather than any other thing.
Moving on to the display, you are left with a Full HD (1930 X 1080 pixels) LCD panel. All this are somewhere in the mid-range region still, despite the price tag which is one of the smartphone’s setback. Sporting the 16:8 aspect ratio it comes with an average 5.5-inch display.
Battery and Camera
This is not the type of phone to play games with or take pictures and neither is it one you have a long on-screen time with. That being said, the SikurPhone had only 2, 800mAh battery capacity which is about enough for a day of usage.
Being as it is, the smartphone is not one you go about snapping pictures with as it is more like a cryptocurrency vault. However, you will still find a 13MP rear camera on it and a 5MP snapper up front.
Hardware and Software
Also, the hardware found here is not something that would wow you as it haves only a mid-range offering from MediaTek. Nevertheless, it is enough for handling the daily tasks on the smartphone. In this regard, the SikurPhone is equipped with an Octa-core MediaTek MT6750 chipset.
Going further, the smartphone features a 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Unlike your normal smartphones, security had been taken to another level with heavy modification made to the Android 7.0 pre-installed on it. The smartphone has also been vetted by HackerOne (bug bounty company) where it was sent for two months and found to be unhackable. Also, you would not have access to Google playstore has every app is downloaded from Sikur’s own store where it will be cross examined and modified. Standalone apps like Facebook, Instagram and others are also not allowed but you could access them through the smartphone’s browser via a secure connection.
Pricing and Availability
The smartphone is available for pre-order on Sikur’s website and would not be on sale until August thus year. The slated price is about $799 which equals to 288, 000 Naira approximately.