Looking for a phone that’s so secure it’s completely unenjoyable to use? We’ve got just the thing. The UnaPhone Zenith is the latest in a growing line of super-secure smartphones, and it might just be the most absurd one too. That says a lot, considering the £9,500 Solarin launched this week.
The Zenith is an Android handset -- running a modified version of Marshmallow, called UnaOS -- that cuts out all Google services and doesn’t allow you to download or install any third-party apps. WhatsApp? No. Facebook? No. Tinder? Nooooo.
It’s an incredibly drastic measure to take, and one that will obviously turn plenty of regular users away. However, if you consider yourself important enough to count security as THE thing you look for in a smartphone, cutting off access to the Google Play Store has to be a good move, considering the digital warehouse’s long-standing problem with dodgy software.
"On the UnaPhone Zenith there won't be any possibility for new apps since the whole phone will be completely locked in order to prevent installations that may weaken the OS and threaten privacy and security," reads a company document.
“When a new security threat is detected we will patch (via over the air) the system as soon as possible to make sure that vulnerabilities don't affect the OS' integrity and security. We will also push updates through OTA for the installed apps, to ensure the user has the latest versions of the apps in use."
Not all apps are forbidden though. The Zenith comes with a selection of programs pre-installed, and you can ask UnaPhone to add an app of your choice to your handset before you order it, in which case the balaclava-wearing team will analyse it for malicious stuff, shrug, and stick it on.
The handset, which also comes with a 5.5-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 display, a 2GHz octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel primary camera and 32GB of encrypted storage, is currently up on Indiegogo and has raised over $28,000 so far. If it hits its $50,000 goal, you can expect it to launch for $540 (£374). [Register]