Macate launches Genio, a £249 phone with a special focus on cyber security

Macate has launched Genio, a new cyber security-oriented smartphone in the UK that offers automatic encryption of instant messages, voice recordings, video calls and attachments.

Genio is a mid-range smartphone with the latest Android OS and offers secure file transfers and automatic encryption for business users.

Enterprise encryption has been a contentious issue in the UK of late, thanks to several reports on the government planning to bypass enterprise encryption to get its hands on social media posts and messages. While the government is available to question, another debatable issue is whether modern encryption standards are strong enough to deter hackers who are becoming more sophisticated in their approach.

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The arrival of Macate's Genio comes as a fresh breath of life for those who are concerned about the security of their personal data and worry about falling victim to professional hackers. Priced at just £249, the phone will be available to purchase later this year and will come with all the bells and whistles that cyber security experts would want to see in a smartphone.

At the heart of Genio's cyber security credentials are Macate's proprietary NetMe messaging app and highest-level AES encryption. The NetMe app offers automatic encryption of instant messages, sent and received files, voice recordings, video calls and all file attachments. Macate has termed the Genio as “one of the most secure mid-range phones in the UK” but it will surely face a tough challenge from BlackBerry's DTEK60 which offers similar capabilities.

“Mobile security is a big issue for many consumers; they need a device that operates seamlessly but also securely. At Macate we’re dedicated to the development of cyber security and we’re delighted to be bringing that expertise to the UK mobile market in the form of Genio,” said Darren Gillan, Managing Director at Macate.

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Macate was founded in Silicon Valley but operates a base in Kensington. The company recently launched another security-oriented smartphone named GATCA Elite that features biometric security, data protection in case of theft, as well as the highest-level AES encryption. The GATCA Elite hasn't been launched in the UK as yet.

Aside from its cyber security credentials, Genio comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display, 2GB of RAM, 16B of internal storage, the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS, 13-MP and 5-MP rear and front cameras, Dual SIM support, a 2,600 mAh battery and 4G support. Once it is available to purchase, you will be able to choose from white, light gold, black and champagne colour options.