Don't Trust Your iPhone's Encryption? Try the $14K Solarin

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The iPhone is so secure that even the FBI couldn't hack into it. But if you're still worried about your smartphone's encryption, look no further than the $14,000 Solarin, which offers a military-grade "shielded mode" that fully encrypts calls and messages.

Solarin's maker, the Swiss-Israeli start-up Sirin Labs, says that the Android smartphone uses encryption that until now has not been available unless you're a government agent. Specifically, the Solarin uses 256-bit AES chip-to-chip encryption. But it's not on all the time; you activate it using a switch on the back of the handset.

Solarin Phone 740

The color options are relatively simple: black or white leather for the back of the handset with titanium, carbon, or gold edges. The base price is 9,500 British pounds, or about $13,900 (plus tax and options).

'We do not accept that price drives what's available in technology," Sirin co-founder Moshe Hogeg said in a statement.

Whether or not the price is driving the technology, prospective Solarin owners will likely want a lot more besides encryption and style for that kind of money. One of the other key benefits is connectivity: the phone is capable of 450Mbps download speeds and supports 24 LTE bands. It also has 802.11ad gigabit Wi-Fi.

The usefulness of those features, of course, depends on whether or not you can find carriers or hotspots that can deliver the bandwidth. But regardless of your data connection, you can still enjoy the 23.8-megapixel camera, 5.5-inch IPS LED display, and three speakers boosted by a built-in amplifier.

The Solarin phone will go on sale June 1, but only at Sirin's retail store in London.

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