French startup Murena has finally launched its latest smartphone Murena 2 (or Murena Two). The smartphone aims to protect users from constant data collection and is called a “deGoogled” smartphone. Although it is an Android smartphone, it lacks Google and its suite of services. Instead, it is powered by /e/OS, a fork of LineageOS. The organization's mission is to “give people the freedom to choose so they can regain control of their lives.”
Announcing the smartphone, Murena's CEO Gayle Duvall said, “The device itself is a blank canvas in terms of data privacy; There are no default or hidden trackers, and we provide tools and settings that give users more control and visibility into their data privacy. No technical expertise required, Murena 2 has privacy by design.
Murena 2: Features and Specifications
One of the most highlighted features of the Murena 2 smartphone is the privacy switch. With it, users can instantly disconnect their camera and microphone at the hardware level. Moreover, it comes with a privacy switch that instantly disables connectivity, puts your phone in airplane mode and mutes it. It runs on /e/OS, an Android-based operating system that operates independently of Google and its suite of services. Instead, it uses MicroG, an open source implementation of proprietary Google libraries. It works as an alternative to Google Play services.
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In terms of specs, the Murena 2 smartphone sports a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. There is a triple camera setup at the back, headlined by a basic 64MP primary camera. On the front, you get a 25MP selfie camera.
The smartphone is powered by Mediatek Helio P70 SoC, paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage expandable up to 512GB. It gets a 4000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.
Murena 2 Smartphone: Price and Availability
The Murena 2 smartphone is available for purchase from the Murena website. It costs EUR 499.
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