Geeksphone and Silent Circle came up with the brilliant idea of building a super secure smartphone running on Google's Android OS. The result was Blackphone and it made headlines in January this year.
SGP Technologies, the joint venture of Geeksphone and Silent Circle, was then established to commercialize the phone. Pre-orders began in February, with the goal of shipping the first orders in June.
Today, SGP Technologies is announcing that it has already shipped the first batch of orders to lucky pre-order customers. The company did not reveal how many units were shipped.
SGP Technologies will begin selling the next batch of Blackphones next month, July 14th to be exact.
The Blackphone was ranked in the top ten list of the best products at Mobile World Congress 2014. It is also the 2014 Red Herring Europe Top 100 Winner.
The Blackphone is the first smartphone in the world to prioritize user privacy. Running PrivatOS, a security-enhanced Android build, the Blackphone is packed with advanced security features including remote wipe, secure file transfer and storage, secure search and browsing, secure voice/ video/ text, and a slew of third-party security services.
The phone has a 4.7-inch display, a 2GHz quad-core processor, a 1GB RAM, and a 2,000mAh battery. At $629, the Blackphone sits at the premium end of the smartphone market.