Privacy-focused Blackphone 2 is ready for pre-order

Blackphone 2, the second iteration of Silent Circle's privacy-focused handset, is now available for pre-order -- assuming you don't mind reserving a device without knowing its price. The original Blackphone was sold at the flagship-level cost of $629, but remember, this one's more sophisticated than its predecessor, with its front and rear covered in glass. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, and inside, it boasts an octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. What makes it different from other phones with similar specs, though, is that it runs an Android-based platform called PrivatOS which has a suite of secure apps, including ones for encrypted messaging and voice calls.

We saw Blackphone 2 at the Mobile World Congress earlier this year, and we have a preview you can read to know a bit more before you pre-order a unit. The device is expected to arrive sometime in September -- if you'd rather get the Blackphone+ tablet, though, you'll have to wait a bit more, since Silent Circle hasn't revealed when that one will be available.