Archos' Android-based GranitePhone focuses on privacy, costs a lot

Archos' Android-based GranitePhone focuses on privacy, costs a lot
French gadget maker Archos has partnered with little known Brazilian company Sikur to develop and launch an extra-secure smartphone. Called GranitePhone, the handset was first unveiled at MWC 2015 (without fanfare), and can now be pre-ordered for $849. That high price might make you think we're talking about a high-end phone here, but we're not: the GranitePhone is a mid-range device. However, just like the BlackPhone - another handset that promises to offer a secure mobile experience - the GranitePhone is expensive because its makers believe that users value their privacy more than they'd value the features of a normal high-end smartphone.

According to Archos and Sikur, everything on the GranitePhone is encrypted (calls, messages, etc.), thanks to multiple layers of protection and a "secure operating system" that's based on Android. Unfortunately, for now there aren't too many details on this OS, though we can take a quick look at it in the promo video embedded below.

Hardware-wise, the GranitePhone resembles the Archos Diamond 50 (which costs just $200), thus being powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, while sporting a 5-inch 1080p display. It's also got LTE connectivity, a 16 MP rear camera, an 8 MP front-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable storage space. So, is anyone willing to spend $849 on this phone?




sources: GranitePhone, Archos (PDF)

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18 Comments

1. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

I don't trust Archos in the slightest

6. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

It's a French company, not Chinese. I've had an Archos before and it was great.

16. jackylau95

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

He never said it's a Chinesr company?

17. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

My first MP3 player was Archos Studio 10, it survived drops of up to 2 mts. After that I got the Gmini402 and then the beastly AV500, you could even record TV shows in VGA quality... they used to offer so many features and include many accessories with their devices.... After that they took "Apple's" route and made everything proprietary and charge extra without even having the recognition for it. No more Archos for me. They used to be innovators and a great alternative to popular products... now they only try to compete by catching on.

18. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Oh please French Technology...is there even such a thing? Its not pastries its tech and French Tech won't be as good as a French TOast :D

9. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Android and privacy? It is some kind of joke? "All your personal data are belong to us" - Google.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

BobbyBuster and intelligence? It is some kind of joke? "All my wool are belongs to Apple" - BobbyBuster

14. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

[ ] not rekt [X] rekt

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I thought the granite phone would be like the noPhone...Oops LOL

3. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

And how long will the phone be maintained by the manufacturer?

4. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Joke of the year? 850 bucks for a crappy, Chinese phone? Lmao, oh my sides. That's a good one archos.

5. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Not sure why you'd consider this a Chinese phone when Archos is French and Sikur is Brazillian.

7. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It is programmed in his head that any company that makes cheap devices is automatically Chinese.

8. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Whoa look it's the lg g3!

11. JMartin22

Posts: 2371; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Lol ever since the whole Snowden incident, companies have been harking on this whole privacy security stuff like a marketing cow. This phone will likely prove no more significantly different than any other. Just offer a higher price tag and crappy hardware

12. aladab

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

G3 wannabe...

13. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

" the GranitePhone is expensive because its makers believe that users value their privacy more than they'd value the features of a normal high-end smartphone..." If that was true, BB would still be in the market and not going bankrupt.

15. shinywindow unregistered

Iphone specs and overpriced? Are we sure this isnt a french iturd?

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