The 9 most exciting phones and gadgets from MWC 2018.

By: JEFFREY VAN CAMP

Every spring, the smartphone world revolves around Mobile World Congress. Exhibitors and attendees from more than 200 countries congregate in the halls of the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain, debuting the latest in mobile tech. MWC is the largest mobile trade show on Earth. We’ve surveyed the announcements from every major tech company at the show this week. Here are the highlights.
01
Samsung Galaxy S9
PRICE$720
With the Galaxy S9, Samsung is doubling down on its winning formula. The new GS9 and S9+ have all the features Galaxy phones are known for, plus a few additions. Samsung moved the fingerprint sensor away from the camera so you won’t smudge the lens anymore, and photo performance in low light is improved thanks to the camera’s variable-aperture system. You also get Apple-inspired animated emoji and a new DeX dock that turns the phone into a desktop PC. Ships March 16 for $720. Choose the unlocked option. And did we mention it comes in Lilac Purple?
02
Nokia 8110 4G
Remember that phone from The Matrix where the receiver panel slid out to reveal the number pad? Take the blue pill because it’s back, courtesy of HMD Global, which now makes Nokia phones. The new Nokia 8110 comes shaped and colored like a banana too. The battery lasts over three weeks, but if you’re hoping for Android apps, look elsewhere. This is a standard old-school feature phone with its own download store—and, in true retro fashion, it comes with a copy of Snake.
03
Huawei MateBook X Pro
Just when you think there are no new capabilities to squeeze out of laptops, Huawei pushes the envelope. The new MateBook X Pro has a remarkable 14-inch 3,000 x 2,000 pixel touchscreen with such small bezels that it fits into a standard 12-inch notebook chassis. Huawei claims this ultraportable has the highest screen-to-body ratio of any laptop in the world. It’s also loaded with the latest Intel 8th Generation Core chips, an Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card, four Dolby Atmos-approved speakers, a fingerprint sensor, and 12-plus hours of battery life. The coolest detail: a webcam pops out of one of the function keys on the keyboard like the headlights on an old Corvette.
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SikurPhone
Usually, a new phone at MWC will boast a fancy new screen or camera, but the SikurPhone’s sales pitch is strong security and data encryption. It claims that the SikurPhone is “hack-proof” and that its bespoke wallet app is the perfect way to keep your cryptocurrencies safe. It’s an Android phone with encryption plastered all over it, and a custom app store that only includes vetted apps. To back its claims, the company hired bug bounty hunters HackerOne to try to crack the phone. So far, the experts have failed. Sikur is asking $850 for the device, but that price includes peace of mind.

SikurPhone With a Secure Cryptocurrency Wallet Unveiled at MWC 2018.

By: Jagmeet Singh

A long time after launching its security-focused GranitePhone, Brazil’s Sikur at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona on Tuesday brought the SikurPhone that helps you protect your cryptocurrency. The new smartphone comes with a pre-installed cryptocurrency wallet and includes cloud integration to securely store various cryptocurrencies under one roof. Pre-orders for 20,000 units for the SikurPhone have already started at a promotional price of $799 (roughly Rs. 52,100), while the units will ship sometime in August this year.

The SikurPhone is touted to be “hack proof”, protecting user data as well as cryptocurrencies from hackers. To test how the phone can protect users, Sikur hired ethical hackers from bug bounty company HackerOne between November and December who were failed to gain access to any information, as per COO Alexandre Vasconcelos. The company deployed a custom Android version on SikurPhone, which it calls SikurOS, that doesn’t allow you to install any of the third-party apps on your own. This doesn’t mean that the smartphone won’t support your favourite apps – you instead need to ask the Sikur team to configure the apps individually.

Vasconcelos, in an interaction with CNET, pointed out that while the SikurPhone is designed to protect user data, it will not give the same tough protection to save criminals. The executive highlighted that the company would disable access to its services if it gets hints of any criminal behaviour of a user. In a separate interview with Mashable, Vasconcelos revealed that the Sikur will not only secure your digital currencies through its cloud-connected wallet but will also remotely wipe the data in case if you lose your phone to protect your money. “If you lose your phone, we can remotely wipe it for you. You can get a new one, log in, and your funds will be safe, as your private keys are stored in our cloud,” he said.

The SikurPhone additionally includes fingerprint authentication, and the preloaded wallet offers up-to-date market information about pricing, cryptocurrency news, and quotes. The wallet also has multisignature (P2SH) and multiple wallet support to give you an extensive cryptocurrency platform.

On the specification side, the Android 7.0 Nougat-based SikurPhone features a 5.5-inch full-HD display with Gorilla Glass protection on top. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6750 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM and has 13-megapixel rear camera sensor and a front camera sensor. Also, there is 64GB of onboard storage and a 2800mAh battery.

More: https://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/sikurphone-cryptocurrency-wallet-mwc-2018-1818260

Encrypted SIKURPhone protects data and cryptocurrency

By: Rob LeFebvre

The security-focused Granite Phone captured the interest of even non-corporate customers when it came out in 2015. Now the folks at Sikur are back with a next-generation , promising the first fully encrypted, hack-proof smartphone that can safely store cryptocurrencies. Only 20,000 units will be available for presale beginning February 27th at a promotional price of $799. The company expects to deliver them in August of this year.

The phone itself has a 5.5-inch “full HD” Gorilla Glass display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 13MP rear and 5MP front camera and sports a 2800 mAh battery. SIKURPhone also sports fingerprint authentication, which the company claims can help recover personal data if the device gets lost or you forget your password. It runs a fork of Android, and any third-party apps must be vetted and confirmed by the company before they’re available in an upcoming app store.

When the original Granite Phone came out, it was essentially for security-conscious governmental and corporate users, but the device found a pretty strong foothold with everyday consumers. SIKURPhone adds a secure cryptocurrency wallet along with its secure OS, communication systems and third-party apps. “Securely storing information on our devices is one of our strong points,” said CEO Cristiano Iop. “We succeeded with browser and messaging security. Then we asked, why not do it with ? Cryptos are stored seamlessly and securely on our cloud, without compromising safety.”

MORE: https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/27/sikurphone-encrypted-data-cryptocurrency-pre-order/

SikurPhone packs built-in ‘hack-proof’ cryptocurrency wallet.

By: Katie Collins

If you’ve recently amassed a cryptocurrency fortune and need a secure phone to manage it, look no further than the SikurPhone.

Are you paranoid about security and sitting on a cryptocurrency fortune?

Brazilian company Sikur unveiled a phone with a built-in cryptocurrency wallet at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Tuesday that might be just right for you.

The SikurPhone is the successor to Sikur’s GranitePhone, which it launched two years ago at the show. It offers the same supposedly “impenetrable security”, but with an updated interface and the ability to seamlessly store cryptos on Sikur’s secure cloud.

“Securely storing information on our devices is one of our strong points,” said Sikur SEO Cristiano Iop in a statement. “We succeeded with browser and messaging security. Then we asked, why not do it with cryptocurrency?”

Sikur claims its fully encrypted phone is “hack proof”, which feels like it’s just asking all hackers out there to prove it wrong.

To save them the trouble, Sikur challenged bug bounty company HackerOne to test the phone’s impenetrability over a two-month period. After putting the SikurPhone through rigorous testing, HackerOne told Sikur it hadn’t succeeded in cracking the device’s security.

More: https://www.cnet.com/news/sikurphone-packs-built-in-hack-proof-cryptocurrency-wallet-mwc-2018/