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Murena 2 is a privacy smartphone with 2 hardware kill switches

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Hardware kill switches are physical buttons that can be used to disconnect a device from the mobile network, Bluetooth, power supply, etc. I have advocated that all privacy smartphones should have one. I have followed the progress of /e/OS for a few years now and I am ecstatic that they have now released Murena 2, a privacy smartphone that has not one but two hardware kill switches.

The first hardware kill switch on Murena 2 is a Privacy Switch button, allowing you to easily and instantly shut down your microphone and camera. The second hardware kill switch is a Disconnection Switch, that disconnects all network activity (calls, text messages, data) and also silencing all sounds to provide a distraction-free environment. Let’s look at the detailed specs of the device.

Murena 2 is a privacy smartphone with 2 hardware kill switches

Specs

CPU: 4 X 2.1 Ghz & 4 X 2 Ghz

Operating System: /e/OS

Dimensions: 159.7mm, 73.3mm, 7.8mm

Weight: 182g

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm)

RAM: 8GB

Storage: 128GB

Max Storage Expansion: 512GB microSD

SIM Card Type: Dual, nanoSIM+nanoSIM or nanoSIM+microSD

Main Display: 6.43″ (SUPER AMOLED)

Screen Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels FHD+

Rear Camera: 64MP main lens + 13MP + 5MP

Front Camera: 25MP

Battery Capacity: 4000mAh

Charging: 18W Fast Charge

Wi-Fi: 2.4Ghz/5Ghz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Bluetooth: 4.2

Additional connectivity: VoWiFi/VOLTE, GPRS, EGSM, WAP, EDGE

2G Bands: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 – CDMA 800

3G Bands: HSDPA 800/850/1900/2100

4G Bands: B1, B3, B4, B5, B7, B8, B12, B17, B19, B20, B26, B28A+B, B34, B38, B39, B40, B41

Cable Connector: USB TYPE-C

Location: GPS

Sensors: 360° Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, E Compass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope,

Others: Side-mounted Fingerprint Scanner, NFC

The specs of Murena 2 are quite good. I have seen a few other privacy smartphones that sacrifice up-to-date specs for privacy and it is good to see that Murena 2 does not tow that line. While E Foundation did not inclide the processor in the list of specs they published, a source of mine revealed that it uses the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which is a highly capable flagship rocessor from 2022. That is an excellent choice, if you ask me.

Carrier Coverage

Murena 2 works with carriers in the USA, Canada, Europe, UK and many more countries

In the USA, the manufacturer recommends using Murena 2 on T-Mobile and its MVNOS i.e. T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile, Simple Mobile, Speedtalk Mobile, Ultra Mobile, Red Pocket Mobile, Ting. Murena 2 isn’t compatible with Verizon network.

In Canada, Murena 2 works with Rogers, Telus, Shaw, BCE. Virgin Mobile, Fido, Freedom, Koodo.

In Europe and in the UK, Murena 2 works with all 40 carriers like Deutsche Telekom, O2, Vodafone, Orange, Bouygues, SFR, TIM, WINDTRE, Movistar, EE, Three.

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Price

Murena 2 is available for $499 in the USA, C$679 in Canada, £429 in the United Kingdom, €499 in the European Union, and AUS$829 in Australia.

Can You Run Android Apps on Murena 2?

If you are new to /e/OS, it is an open source, fully deGoogled software based on Android, with no Google apps or Google services accessing your personal data.

  • Google Apps have been entirely replaced by a suite of corresponding open source apps developed by the E Foundation and partners.
  • Google default search engine has been removed from the OS everywhere.
  • Google Services have been replaced by microG
  • Connectivity checks do not use Google servers
  • It does not use Google’s Network Time Protocol servers
  • It does not use Google’s Domain Name System servers
  • Geo-location uses Mozilla Location Services in addition to GPS.

Because its core is open-source Android OS, /e/OS is compatible with Android apps. This means you can install and run your favourite apps on Murena 2.

/e/OS is also sometimes simply called /e/ and was originally called Eelo (see Eelo is a Google-free Android OS from the past).

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By Mister Mobility

Founder, MobilityArena. Way back from the days of EPOC, Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems, I have owned a few hundred smartphones and tablets, and counting.

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