Silent Circle unveils a new variant its Blackphone smartphone, dubbed the Blackphone 2

Silent Circle unveils a new variant its Blackphone smartphone, dubbed the Blackphone 2

Silent Circle, which launched the Blackphone last year in partnership with Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone, has now launched the Blackphone 2 at the ongoing MWC 2015.

The new variant comes with updated specifications and runs on an updated version of the firm’s PrivatOS Android-based OS, which now bears the version number 1.1.

The Blackphone 2 features high-end specifications including, a 5.5-inch full-HD display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, an unspecified 64-bit octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM.

It also supports 4G LTE connectivity, a microSD card slot, and packs a 3060mAh battery, while the new PrivatOS v1.1 allow users to assign different logins for different sections inside the device.

The Blackphone 2 comes with the same price as the previous generation, at $649. The company has not revealed the availability details the handset.

“Never before have private citizens been under barrage from world governments – hacking, vacuuming, and chipping away at our privacy,” said Co-founder and Silent Circle chairman Mike Janke during the launch.

“We’re replacing BlackBerry, we don’t care that BlackBerry’s CEO is throwing nasty things about us onto Twitter. We’re going to dominate them.”