Even if it does provide extra security - would you buy it?
The mobile phone business is in a time of change, and many phones are worried about their futures. Android, HTC, LG, Sony, and other names have been experiencing steep declines in profitability. Samsung and iPhone might be the next companies to follow that path - so what is the future?
Sirin Labs is releasing a $14,000 (plus tax!) phone that seems like a gamble, but might actually be a pretty smart move.
The company's cofounder Moshe Gogeg is banking on that anyway, he explained to Engadget.
Solarin might be the most expensive phone ever, but it isn't intended for the common person. Rather, it will be a toy for billionaires, millionaires, and executives who can claim it on their taxes. These people might be attracted to it because it uses futuristic technology and extreme security that could keep them safe.
Hogeg swears this isn't a vanity phone and it will be worth the money that people are going to spend on it. He wants to be able to justify the price of the phone, not make it something that is merely a status symbol.
So don't look for a phone that is covered in diamonds. In fact, the phone isn't going to look as expensive as it is - because most people want things to be demure and refined. He seems to be weary of the "new money" people who are "too excited that they have money."
The phone came about because Hogeg saw the technology at CES 2014, but wasn't able to actually buy any of it. He wanted to purchase some of the safety and security features, but struggled because they weren't commercialized just yet. That basically means that they couldn't turn a profit and make it cheap enough for people to buy yet.
Hogeg decided to build his own.
He hasn't announced what he has built his out of, but has said that they are at a place where the phone can be built by machines - only two parts require human interaction at all during the production. They are being constructed in the old Sony Ericsson plant in Sweden even though the company is based in Israel. However, Sirin Labs is incorporated and headquartered in Switzerland because of privacy.
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The combination of software, hardware, and protection makes it "the most secure device in the world." They couldn't get much more out of this mysterious individual, but it might be a smart idea to start saving your pennies.