The Volla Phone 22 is a privacy-focused Android phone from a German startup, but it does more than just strip out Google apps and services.

There’s a growing market for privacy-focused smartphones, and the German-made Volla Phone 22 wants a slice of it. More and more people are now concerned about their privacy when using smartphones, which has led manufacturers to provide more tools for users to control what is shared. For example, Google allows users to turn off permissions for individual apps. Additionally, Android 12, the latest stable version of its mobile operating system, allows users to choose whether they want an app to access their precise or approximate location.

Those who want more control may decide to pick up a phone with more privacy-focused features, like the Benco V8s, a phone without a camera or GPS. There’s also the option to upgrade to a different operating system with more features, such as GrapheneOS, a privacy-based but open-source Android-based operating system that runs on some Pixel phones.

The Volla Phone 22 was made by German startup Hallo Welt Systeme UG, and it will be its third phone since its inception. The phone will have no trouble standing out from the competition as it sports a simple yet elegant design. Its rear cameras are flush with the removable glass back panel. According to its Kickstarter listing, it will be available in sleek white and black, both of which have a piano finish. Like several privacy-focused phones, the Volla Phone 22 runs a version of Android devoid of Google apps and services. The custom operating system with a minimalist design also has a host of built-in security features, such as a firewall for blacklisted or whitelisted IP addresses, an app locker, parental controls, a encrypted device storage and the use of open source applications.

Besides its privacy-focused features, a nice addition is a dual boot feature. Along with running the AOSP-based Volla OS, users will be able to install a second OS such as Ubuntu Touch on the device. When the phone is on, owners can choose which of the two operating systems they want to boot into by accessing the multi-boot menu. According to Winfuture, the second operating system can only be installed on a MicroSD card, but a feature update will add support for installing to internal memory. Additionally, the manufacturer revealed that it is working to bring other Linux-based operating systems to the device, such as Sailfish OS, Manjaro, and Droidian.

The specs of the Volla Phone 22 put it squarely in the mid-range category. It packs a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with a notch for the 16 MP front camera. The phone is powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 processor, which is a 4G chip. Kickstarter backers will be able to get it in a single configuration that comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. A MicroSD card slot (supports up to 512GB) has been included for those who wish to add more storage. The two cameras on the back are a 48 MP main sensor and an 8 MP ultra-wide angle camera which can also take macro shots. The phone also has NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, dual SIM card support (nano only) and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The Volla Phone 22 has a removable 4500 mAh battery. Hallo says it supports fast charging but doesn’t specify the rating. However, buyers will receive an AC adapter included in the box. Wired charging is via a USB-C port that sits at the bottom next to a 3.5mm audio jack. A surprising but interesting feature is that the phone supports Qi wireless charging despite having a removable back panel. The smartphone is listed on Kickstarter and has already reached its goal four times at the time of writing. Still, there are some early bird perks available, bringing the price down to its official retail price of €398 (~$430). Interested buyers in the US who want to can order the phone, provided they have confirmed that it can work with their carrier. Those who want a more powerful phone are better off waiting for the OSOM OV1, which is slated for launch later this year.

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