The Murena 2, a mobile with a “privacy switch”, explodes its crowdfunding

Stéphane Ficca

Hardware & gaming specialist

October 24, 2023 at 3:52 p.m.


Murena 2 © © Murena

The Murena 2 smartphone is expected in December © Murena

The Murena 2 aims to be “ the first smartphone for everyone with an anti-snoop switch “. And it’s a hit on Kickstarter.

Concerned about protecting users’ privacy as much as possible, Murena has developed a brand new smartphone, which promises to free itself from Google on the one hand, in favor of a proprietary operating system. Added to this is the presence of a physical switch, which allows you to disconnect several intrusive features, starting with the camera or even the microphone of the smartphone.

Murena 2, the smartphone with a privacy switch

With Murena 2, the brand wants to provide a smartphone that allows you to protect your privacy with the snap of your fingers. This involves a dedicated open source OS (e/OS), completely deGooglized, which is intended to be stable and secure, and which notably allows you to control trackers, hide your IP address, use a VPN… But this is not not all !

Murena 2 © © Murena

One switch deactivates photo sensors and microphones, while another deactivates connectivity © Murena

Indeed, the “Privacy” switch, located on the left side of the smartphone, allows you to interrupt the operation of the smartphone’s camera and microphones. To put them back into service, simply flip the switch up again.

On the right side of the smartphone, we find another switch, “Tranquility”, aimed at cutting off all forms of connectivity and sounds.

A “de-Googlized” smartphone, but Android compatible

The brand promises that its Murena 2 is a smartphone designed for everyday life, but with enhanced privacy protection. The smartphone comes with various essential applications, such as Mail, Calendar, Notes or even Maps, and allows you to browse the Web, without forgetting of course the possibility of making and receiving calls, in addition to valuable text messages and other emails.

Despite its “unGoogled” side, the Murena 2 is compatible with Android, and thus allows access to many additional applications. For the rest, we find here a 6.4″ AMOLED panel in Full HD+ quality, without forgetting an octa-core CPU associated with 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB storage (expandable via microSD).

The smartphone aims to be “de-Googlized”, with an open source OS, but remains Android compatible © Murena

In just a few days, we achieved an incredible result in our Kickstarter campaign: we exceeded 400% of our initial goal!
The enthusiasm you showed from the start allowed us to exceed our initial objective in record time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for participating in this exciting adventure to revolutionize privacy on smartphones
», Explain the teams behind the project.

In terms of prices, the Murena 2 is priced at 499 euros on the official website, but those who take care to participate in crowdfunding via Kickstarter can get their hands on the smartphone for 399 euros.

Deliveries are scheduled for December.

Source : Kickstarter

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