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Chinese device maker develops dedicated encryption chip

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August 2, 2016

Chinese device maker Gionee has developed some dedicated encryption chip technology it claims is equivalent to a black box that offers the most advanced mobile data protection to date.

We didn't have time to check the technology yet, and various experts we asked were sceptical about it which at a minimum show that improved security is becoming a differentiator in the increasingly competitive higher-end Android smartphone marketplace.

Gionee says the encryption chip that comes with the M6/M6 Plus device provides on-chip data encryption. If true, it would be a step in the right direction, since Android devices are more susceptible to being attacked compared to Apple's iOS.

“With this encryption chip, users get a dual protection of their data, as it not only can’t be seen if the user chooses to hide it, but even if the Android system gets hacked, the data can be accessed but not seen, as everything is encrypted,” Gionee explains.

The new smartphone also features technology designed to securely protect contacts, messages, call records, images, documents, and various applications. The new technology is called Private Vault 2.0.

Mobile security experts say the claims needed clarifying somewhat. “Most smartphones today have hardware encryption but that implies hardware key store,” one expert told us. “Encryption does not equal security, it simply depends exactly how you use it.”

To be sure, mobile security is increasingly becoming a key differentiator for upper middle to high-end smartphone resellers. BlackBerry claims its new Android Smartphone, the DTEK 50, is the “world's most secure”... (!)

The principals behind both Sirin Labs' high end Solarin and the Blackphone, from Silent Circle and Spanish firm Geeksphone, would doubtless contest the honour should push come to shove.

All three various alternatives feature software and modified operating systems to protect users from malware and other hacker risks that bedevil vanilla Android smartphones.

Aside from improved security, Gionee says its M6 sports increased battery life. This means that the M6 offers up to fifty-five hours of continuous call time, 16.4 hours of video play time, and up to 794 hours of standby time.

The new smartphone features quick charging technology that minimizes the possibility of overheating as well as the ability to use the M6/M6 Plus to charge other electronic devices as well.

The Gionee M6 device has a 5.5-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution display and runs with a Helio P10 MT-6755m 64-bit and 1.8GHz octa-core processor with 4 GB of RAM.

For its part, the Gionee M6 Plus has a 2.0 GHz octa-core processor, bigger 6-inch display and a better 16 MP rear camera. The Gionee M6 is priced from $400 while the Gionee M6 Plus retails for $439 to $449.

A Gionee spokesman offered no additional information about the encryption chip beyond what was contained in a media kit, which claims the feature is equivalent to a black box. He expressed no concern that the recently revealed sales issues of the Blackphone might suggest that customers are not ready to pay extra for security.

Source: Gionee.

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