£9,500, the Solarin Smartphone Costs £9,500

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Move over Vertu, there’s an even more absurd smartphone company on the block. Sirin Labs, a startup that knows exactly how to get headlines, has unveiled the Solarin, a handset that sounds like a joke but probably isn’t. In a shocking twist, it doesn’t wipe your arse, stroke your hair or even tuck you in at night.

What the Solarin is, is a luxury mobile that apparently has a nifty security system, called Zimperium, which Sirin Labs says will protect rich people from those “advanced device, network and application mobile cyberattacks” they just can't seem to get away from. There’s something called chip-to-chip 256-bit AES encryption too, which is apparently what army people with guns and bombs use to talk to each other about how to use their guns and bombs.

So yeah, it essentially sounds like a souped-up BlackBerry. Or Blackphone.

Sorry, I forgot to mention the security switch, which has to be worth at least £3,000 alone. As you can imagine, it’s a physical switch that turns on a bunch of security features, like encrypted calls and messages. It’s a game-changer.

“We do not accept that price drives what’s available in technology,” said Moshe Hogeg, the company’s president, co-founder and japester-in-chief. “With Solarin, we break the rules.” We’re still trying to figure out exactly what that means.

Away from the security stuff, the Solarin features a 5.5-inch 2K IPS display, a 23.8-megapixel camera with laser autofocus and four-tone flash (for those moments when two-tone just isn’t enough), a Snapdragon 810 processor and Qualcomm Quick Charge. The sound system uses three bass-boosted speakers too, and you can use a ‘smart amplifier’ to control distortion like you've always wanted to do on your phone.

It has a rather cool-sounding metal matrix composite chassis, with titanium panels and a leather rear panel, and is available in four fancy-as colour schemes: Fire Black Carbon Leather with Titanium, Fire Black Carbon Leather with Diamond-like Carbon, Fire Black Carbon Leather with Yellow Gold and Crystal White Carbon Leather with Diamond-like Carbon.

The phone's available online, at Harrods (of course) and at Sirin Labs’ first store in Mayfair (yep) from today. [Wired]