If you’re particularly concerned about your privacy and if you think it’s better to be safe than sorry, there are several options out there as far as smartphones are concerned. We have devices like Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2 which is aimed at keeping user data safe and secure, and we also have the GranitePhone made through a collaboration between Archos and Sikur.

For those hearing about the GranitePhone for the first time, the handset was originally announced at MWC 2015 earlier this year, but the good news is that the wait to get the device is over as it is now officially available. Customers interested in getting their hands on it can just hit up its website and order it for $849.

With an asking price of $849, we have to admit that it is pretty steep, so what kind of specs can one expect from a phone with that price tag? According to its creators, the GranitePhone will come with a 5-inch Full HD display, and under the hood we can expect a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset with 2GB of RAM, a 16MP rear-facing camera, a 2,700mAh battery, and it will run on its own Granite OS.

In terms of specs it’s not particularly impressive. However we suppose what customers are really paying for here is its security with pretty much every aspect of the phone such as your calls, contacts, messages, and chats being fully encrypted. Data from the phone is also stored in an encrypted form in the cloud, and users who want to access them can do so using Sikur’s applications.

Like we said it is a bit expensive but if you value your privacy and need to ensure your mobile device stays as secure as possible, perhaps the GranitePhone could be an option to look into.

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