The 9 most exciting phones and gadgets from MWC 2018.


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.
Samsung Galaxy S9
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?
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.
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.
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.

Presentan un teléfono seguro para invertir en bitcoins: ¿de qué se trata?

By: Desiree Jaimovich

Barcelona (enviada especial). SikurPhone es un teléfono diseñado especialmente para los que tienen (o están interesados en tener) inversiones en bitcoins. Se supone que ofrece mayor comodidad y seguridad para gestionar las criptomonedas por varios motivos.

El teléfono tiene un sistema operativo “propio”, que en realidad no es más que una versión personalizada del Android 7.0. Desde el celular no se pueden bajar aplicaciones de Google Play, sino solo aquellas que estén diseñadas especialmente dentro del ecosistema de la empresa.

Al no estar en contacto con apps de terceros, el móvil está menos expuesto a ser hackeado, destaca Alexandre Vasconcelos, vocero de Sikur. Esto es un buen punto, teniendo en cuenta que tan solo en 2017, Google tuvo que eliminar unas 700 mil aplicaciones maliciosas y expulsar a más de 100 mil desarrolladores de su tienda virtual, por intentar afectar los dispositivos de los 2 mil millones de usuarios de Android que hay en el mundo.

Los creadores del teléfono dicen que tan sólo en la última semana sometieron el equipo al testeo de un centenar de hackers y ninguno logró romper las barreras de seguridad del sistema


Security-Focused ‘SIKURPhone’ Announced at MWC 2018

By: AFP Relaxnews

Earlier this week at the MWC 2018 in Barcelona, German cybersecurity company Sikur, launched SIKURPhone, a smartphone designed to protect data as well as cryptocurrency

Sikur’s new encrypted smartphone has been tried and tested by hackers, to ensure users’ cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, are safe from theft. Such a device may have only appealed to those carrying around delicate corporate data or sensitive government documents a few years ago. But in today’s world of hackers, set on trying their luck in a cryptocurrency market worth over $460 billion, a lot more people have a lot more to lose.

SIKURPhone is ultimately a practical choice rather than a flashy one — the specs remain mediocre and nowhere near those of a flagship item. A little smaller than an iPhone, the device has a 5.5-inch full high definition ‘gorilla glass’ display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Where it does stand out from the crowd is in its “unhackable” built-in cryptocurrency wallet, tailored to safeguard digital coins, such as Bitcoin. The company is so confident about its new device that it even put it to the test, hiring professional hackers to do “rigorous hacking tests for two months.” Hackers ultimately failed to break in.

SIKURPhone essentially runs on Android, although it is an altered version that provides the basics: calls, messages, document storage, etc. As for third-party apps, such as Instagram and Facebook, they will eventually be accessible but not before being vetted for privacy concerns by the company. According to Sikur, the phone’s fingerprint authentication function can also be used to recover personal data in the case of a lost device or a forgotten password.


There’s a $799 hack-proof smartphone designed to keep your cryptocurrencies safe


by Arjun Kharpal

February 27, 2018

A smartphone designed to keep cryptocurrencies like bitcoin safe was unveiled on Tuesday.

German cybersecurity firm Sikur launched the $799 SIKURPhone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Key features include:

  • 5.5-inch full high definition display
  • 13 megapixel rear camera

But the standout feature for the device is the in-built cryptocurrency wallet. A wallet is a piece of software required to hold cryptocurrencies.

Security of cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets has been in the spotlight recently. A recent incident saw hackers steal over $500 million from Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck.

The cryptocurrency market has exploded with a value of over $460 billion, from just $21.4 billion a year ago, according to data from

Sikur said it put its device to the test by hiring professional hackers to attack the device. The company claims the smartphone was subjected to “rigorous hacking tests for two months,” but hackers failed to gain access to any information.

“At the end of second quarter of 2018 we will deliver a crypto wallet inside our platform, expanding the wallet use beyond SIKURPhone, it means that our customers should be able, through a physical device, to securely store their cryptocoins,” Cristiano Lop, Sikur’s CEO, told CNBC by email.

The SIKURPhone will be available in a pre-sale on February 27 at a price of $799, and the first units will be delivered in August 2018. Only 20,000 units will be available at this price.


If you’ve amassed a cryptocurrency fortune, SikurPhone might be the phone for you.

By: Stan Schroeder

If you’ve amassed a fortune in cryptocurrencies, you probably don’t keep it all (or any of it) on your mobile phone. But a company called Sikur wants you to reconsider that.

On Tuesday, the company has launched a security-oriented smartphone called the SikurPhone. One of its main features is a built-in cryptocurrency wallet which, ideally, would allow you to keep cryptocoins on your phone without having to worry about losing them.

The phone itself is based on a highly customized version of Android 7.0, Sikur’s COO Alexandre Vasconcelos told me at the company’s booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It’s not for the common user: It doesn’t have access to Google’s Play Store, it won’t run any apps that haven’t been vetted by Sikur, and its interface is far more spartan and corporate-looking than that of your typical, everyday Android.

The specs won’t wow you either, thought they’re probably good enough for most users: a 5.5-inch Full HD screen, a MediaTek MT6750 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 2,800mAh battery and a 13-megapixel rear camera, as well as a 5-megapixel selfie shooter.

But this phone isn’t about playing Android games — in fact, I bet that most users won’t even use it as their main device. “It’s sort of like the Ledger,” said Vasconcelos, referring to a hardware wallet that’s a popular choice for securely storing cryptocurrency. “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.”

There’s a potential problem there: What Vasconcelos is describing is nothing like the Ledger, which keeps the private keys solely on the device itself. Keeping cryptocurrency private keys — which are basically the only thing you need to access your coins — in the cloud has potential drawbacks: The company’s servers could get hacked. It’s not exactly a rare ocurrence; two months into 2018 and we’ve already seen several major exchanges losing hundreds of millions of dollars in crypto due to hackers.


Sikur’s COO: Hacker diversity essential in securing SIKURPhone

By: Hacker One

German cybersecurity company, Sikur, has high demands for security – it’s Secure Communication Platform is utilized by governments, corporations, and high-level executives.

In addition, the company just announced a new cryptocurrency wallet for its secure mobile device, SIKURPhone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Ahead of this new product launch, Sikur ran a HackerOne challenge with highly skilled hackers focused on everything from hardware, to software to physical phone theft. We chatted with Sikur COO Alexandre Vasconcelos, who was in charge of the program, to learn more about how hackers serves as an essential component of Sikur’s overall security strategy.

Why did you choose to run a hacker-powered security test versus a standard penetration test?

When crafting such device with a specific purpose our goal is to keep user information safe from any prying eyes, so when submitting the SIKURPhone to researchers we expected that would test things that we had missed.

A standard penetration test may depend on the unique ability of the tester who – by the way – can be an exceptional tester, but it will not cover all the product technical aspects. On the flip side, a hacker-powered test is far more extensive, due to its nature of having more testers and with different backgrounds, which contributes to the hacking process. By this approach, the program is more effective and proved that our device has accomplished its purpose, keeping user information (stored locally, in the cloud or in transit) secure from any third-party.

You focused on three test plan areas: accessing a “stolen” phone, breaking a purchased phone, and intercepting data. Why these three areas?

That’s because we think that those are the most common situations where hacking occurs. When a malicious person gains access to your device, chances are that a local exploitable flaw may be found. Having researchers help to prove that was crucial to our product.

The proposed “stolen” phone scenarios were important to set real world situations that, where any user could face. Our goal was to prove that users would benefit from SIKURPhone security, keeping their information safe even in the worst situations, like a device theft.

There were no limitations during the testing phase, hackers were allowed – and encouraged – to search for hardware and software vulnerabilities.

Did they find any vulnerabilities that surprised you (no need to name the vulnerability, just explain the process or why it was surprising)?

In fact, we’ve got surprised by the way that hackers worked to find the issues, the approach was very interesting and effective.

Talk to us about the hardware component of your challenge and how its different from software-based security.

Hardware is far more difficult, because it has some very particular components that works together with software. Also, when it comes to hardware, when a vulnerability is found, deeper testing is needed to guarantee that the fix will not affect other components.

We do have some engineers with hardware expertise, and it is a very particular profile, as they also need to have software skills to help implement the solution as a hacker would, thus setting the security bar higher. HackerOne helped us a lot to find the right hacker profile for our challenge; they did a very good job.

How did HackerOne’s managed services (triage) help you and your team during the Challenge?

The triaging service is crucial to both sides, so that hacker can have a better understanding on how the customer’s product works, and on the flip side the customer may have a clearer understanding about the hacker approach to a given situation. Somethings that may seem to be an issue are made by design, and some can be classified as bugs. The triage service gave us room to work on those situations.

How did the hacker-powered penetration test via HackerOne Challenge compare with your past penetration tests?

We did have some tests before, but as technology and hacking techniques evolve, there is always something to learn and improve. We always learn something new. In this challenge we gained a lot of knowledge that will help to improve our skills.


Empresa lança smartphone próprio para armazenar criptomoeda

By: Reuters


SÃO PAULO (Reuters) – A empresa de segurança Sikur revelou nesta segunda-feira um telefone celular dedicado para armazenar criptomoedas, em meio à crescente demanda de investidores por proteção contra crimes cibernéticos no volátil mercado de moedas virtuais de cerca de 450 bilhões de dólares.

O produto, lançado durante uma feira de telecomunicações de Barcelona, o Sikurphone foi lançado com preço de 799 dólares durante a fase de pré-vendas, afirmou a companhia em nota.

A Sikur desenvolve sistemas de criptografia que podem ser instalados em aparelhos iOS, da Apple, ou Android, do Google, assim como em tablets e PCs.

Há três anos, a empresa já havia lançado um celular com criptografia, o Granitephone, que faz comunicações por vídeo, voz, mensagens, chats e compartilhamento de documentos, usando o sistema operacional Android.