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Silent Circle introduces ultra-secure tablet and Blackphone 2

Will it be better than the original Blackphone?
Will it be better than the original Blackphone?

Fresh from its $50 million buyout in the Blackphone project, Silent Circle has announced two new devices today at MWC 2015.

First up is a follow-up to the Blackphone, unsurprisingly called the Blackphone 2. Compared to its predecessor, it packs a faster processor, more memory, better battery life and a bigger display.

Then there's what Silent Circle calls the world's first privacy-focused tablet, the Blackphone+ (rather than the Blacktablet) which will arrive later this year.

Enterprise privacy

The products were unveiled as part of what the company claims to be the world's first enterprise privacy platform, one that encompasses devices, software and services and is based upon and built from ZRTP (Z and Real-Time Transport Protocol) which improves security significantly.

The software bit includes PrivatOS, Silent Suite and Silent Meeting while services bundled are Silent Store, Silent World and Silent Manager. Silent World is particularly intriguing since it is an encrypted call plan that allows users to call others on the same plan.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.