Murena One Privacy-First Android Phone With ‘DeGoogled’ OS Launched: Price, Specifications


Murena One, the first Android-based privacy phone without Google’s involvement, has been revealed. The new smartphone carries the basic specifications which include a full-HD+ IPS display, triple rear cameras, and an octa-core MediaTek SoC. However, it’s the software side of things that makes the Murena One a stand out option in the market. The phone runs on an operating system called /e/OS described as “deGoogled” Android. Despite this, it is claimed to support most Android apps out of the box.

Murena One price

The Murena One is priced at $369 (approximately 28,600 rupees) in the US or 349 euros (approximately 28,900 rupees) in Europe. The phone will go on sale in June in the US, UK, Canada, Europe and Switzerland. The company said it will be available for purchase through Murena.com.

In addition to the Murena One, Murena has partnered with Fairphone to bring Fairphone 4 and Fairphone 3+ based on /e/OS.

Specifications and features of Murena One

Murena One/e/OS V1 is based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Does not include Google apps or services – To provide an enhanced privacy experience. However, the phone has an app lounge where users can download and install new Android apps. The App Store holds a Privacy Score to rate apps between 0 and 10 based on how they collect personal data.

Since Murena One excludes Google services, it does not require users to sign in to a Google account to download apps from the pre-loaded app lounge. However, the company introduced Murena Cloud which includes access to an ad-free search engine, email platform, secure online storage, document management, and calendar, among other online tools. The cloud also comes with 1GB of free storage.

Murena allegedly implemented the Google Services Compatibility Layer to provide support for most of the popular Android apps. The new OS also uses Mozilla’s location services and has OpenStreetMap supported maps. In addition, Murena is working on its Google Assistant competitor Elivia-AI.

Abandoning Google services means that despite promoting more privacy, Murena One lacks some key features. These include in-app payments and compatibility with apps that require access to Google mobile services. However, the company may find a solution to improve compatibility over time.

e/OS also offers privacy-focused support 9.9.9.9 and 1.1.1.1 DNS and includes a dedicated advanced privacy tool that allows users to hide their IP address and geolocation. Moreover, Murena claims to offer all the ad-free apps on the phone to ensure that it does not allow activity tracking of any third party.

In terms of hardware specs, the Murena One Dual SIM (Nano) phone comes with a 6.53-inch HD (1080 x 2,242 pixels) IPS display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a density of 395ppi. The phone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, along with a Mali-G72 GPU and 4GB of RAM. There is a triple rear camera setup that includes a 48MP primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens, along with 8MP and 5MP secondary sensors.

For selfies and video chats, the Murena One carries a 25MP selfie camera sensor on the front, with an f/2.0 aperture.

Murena One comes with 128GB of internal storage that supports expansion via microSD card (up to 128GB).

Connectivity options on the Murena One include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/A-GPS, NFC, USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors on board include the accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. There is also a side fingerprint sensor.

The Murena One has a 4,500mAh battery. The phone measures 161.8 x 76.9 x 8.9 mm and weighs 186 grams.


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