Unless you’re a big believer in cybersecurity or work for the Secret Service, Sikur Labs probably isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think of smartphones. However, the company has been manufacturing security-focused mobile phones for quite some time now. After launching its first smartphone – the oddly-named GranitePhone – in 2015, Sikur Labs followed it up with the Sikur Phone in 2018. Four years later, Sikur Labs is back with its latest smartphone focused on security and confidentiality, the Sikur One.
Sikur One and the Zero Trust concept
Co-developed with the help of Brazilian manufacturer Multilaser, the phone’s selling point is that it follows the Zero Trust Concept. For those who don’t know, it is a security framework based on the principle that no entity can be completely trusted when it comes to privacy. For Sikur One users, they will need to continuously authenticate and validate their credentials to maintain access to the phone and the data stored on it.
However, what is more interesting is how this validation process works. To sum up, the phone, in order to avoid dealing with passwords, uses an authentication token function without a password. This, in turn, greatly reduces the threat of phishing and malware attacks. And in case you haven’t already figured it out, the Sikur One is primarily intended for use by governments and organizations. This time around, however, the company has opened up a retail channel for the phone. This opens the doors for the paranoid among us to buy the phone for themselves.
In addition to complying with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and Brazilian LGPD data privacy standards, the phone has its own messaging app called Sikur Messenger. This comprehensive, privacy-focused messaging tool supports a variety of functions, including business messaging, messaging, file sharing, and even voice and video calls. The phone also supports remote locking and can be configured to safely reboot after blocking access to USB file transfers. And if the phone is lost, it can also be wiped remotely.
Sikur Labs also adds that phone users will not be able to install apps from unauthorized third-party stores. Additionally, on-device location services are disabled by default and the phone will receive regular over-the-air (OTA) updates.
A budget smartphone with a twist
Purpose-built smartphones are generally known to focus on function rather than form. And in the case of smartphones, this approach has often resulted in people ending up with great smartphones that look terrible. The Sikur One, however, deviates from this philosophy. While it won’t turn heads, the Sikur One looks like a mid-budget Android smartphone with rounded edges and a triple camera array on the back.
Key specs of the Sikur One include a 6.5-inch HD screen and an octa-core processor, details of which the company has yet to reveal. Even though the phone appears to have three cameras on the back, the company has only released details about the main 13-megapixel camera. We also know that the phone gets a 5MP selfie camera.
As well as being offered in a single memory configuration – 4GB of RAM plus 128GB of storage – the Sikur One also supports memory expansion using microSD cards and even offers dual support SIM. The battery capacity of the phone is rated at 4000 mAh and the phone comes with a standard 10 watt charger and a protective case. Unfortunately, there’s no 5G support yet and the phone still runs Android 11.
The Sikur One will be available in select countries, where it is likely to retail for around $275. This price also includes a one-year subscription to Sikur Messenger. The app will, however, have to be purchased again for an additional $145 per year.