BARCELONA—Smartphone makers will never stop trying to one-up each other on security features, so I suppose it was only a matter of time before one capitalized on the cryptocurrency boom and built an encrypted wallet app right into the phone.
Brazilian security software and encrypted device maker Sikur announced its new secure SikurPhone here at Mobile World Congress, which includes a built-in cryptocurrency wallet called SikurWallet. It can track token prices, create multiple wallets for different cryptocurrencies, and sync with exchange platforms such as Coinbase.
Sikur is all about security, and the cryptocurrency wallet is among many encrypted features on the device, including end-to-end encrypted messaging and chats, browsing, and voice and video calls. The SikurPhone is an evolution of the company’s Granite smartphone released in 2015, upgraded with a new user interface. Specs-wise, the SikurPhone has a 5.5-inch display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 13MP rear and 5MP front camera, and a 2800mAh battery.
Sikur launched a bug bounty program through HackerOne to see if the SikurPhone could be hacked. Two months later, the platform’s global collective of hackers hasn’t cracked the phone, nor stolen any cryptocurrency from the wallet apps. The company said it’s establishing a permanent program with HackerOne to continue testing new versions of the software.
SikurPhone is available for pre-order starting at $799; the first units are expected in August. Take a closer look at the SikurPhone and its built-in cryptocurrency wallet below.