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Cybersecurity firm Sikur unveils smartphone for cryptocurrency protection

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Cybersecurity company Sikur launched a smartphone intended to keep cryptocurrencies safe, with a built-in cryptocurrency wallet. The device dubbed SIKURPhone was unveiled on Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with 20,000 pieces available for presale starting today at a promotional price of $799. The security-focused firm expects to deliver the phones in August.

The phone has a 5.5-inch display, 64GB of storage, 13 megapixel camera and 4GB of RAM. More importantly, the device has a cloud-backed cryptocurrency wallet with a secure OS, fork of Android, which requires the company’s confirmation for third-party apps. SIKURPhone also features a fingerprint authentication.

Last year, the company released the GranitePhone, designed for governmental and corporate users. However, over 15% of the phone sales came from everyday users. “We succeeded with browser and messaging security. Then we asked, why not do it with cryptocurrency? Cryptos are stored seamlessly and securely on our cloud, without compromising safety,” Sikur Chief Executive Christiano Iop stated.

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