Sirin Labs’ Solarin just raised the bar on what can be asked for a “Premium” smartphone

There’s a new phone on the block, coming in at $16,000. It is a tad on the expensive side (you know, if your a billionaire or something), but nonetheless what for do you pay a chuck of a year’s salary? Well, according to Sirin Labs, the company who just debuted the new Solarin Android smartphone, “Privacy and security.” See, they partnered with the security firms Koolspan and Zimperium to create an extremely secure smartphone.

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“Our core customers are international business travelers, entrepreneurs, and partners in financial firms.” With that said, you could start to understand the massive price tag. The idea is that these people handle sensitive information very frequently, so those ones and zeros should be treated with care. There’s encryption all around. Even a button on the back will launch the phone into super secure mode, only allowing outgoing calls and encrypted messaging.

With that price tag, you would expect a little more than just security improvements. But in the spec sheet, you won’t find any justification for the price, starting with the top of the line processor… from last year. However, you do get 4GB of RAM and a massive-sized battery with a 4,000mAh capacity, which could be an explanation for the bulkiness, coming in at 250 grams.

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Sirin Labs claims the camera is the best in the world, with a 24-megapixel shooter, laser autofocus and f/2.0 lens. You would except some decent shots, however the pictures usually are blurry, unimpressive and overexposed. The 8-megapixel front camera seemed to produce something more enjoyable.

Is it worth the exorbitant price tag? Not at all. Even if you were interested in a more secure phone, there are plenty of other options on the market like the BlackBerry Priv or the Samsung Knox secure platform, which frankly leave you with a lot more money in your pocket.