New cell phones seem to come out every day. But the new Turing Phone, developed by San Francisco-based Turing Robotic Industries, just might be unique enough to stand out from the pack. Engineers at Turing have developed an unusual smartphone that the company said is unhackable and unbreakable -- it's made out of a material that is stronger than titanium and steel.
The 5.5-inch smartphone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with the Turing Aemaeth user interface. It boasts a standard Snapdragon processor and 16 GB of storage on the entry-level ($610) model. But that’s where its similarities to other phones end. It comes in three models, Pharaoh, Cardinal, and Beowulf, and has a curved, multi-colored shell and a patterned back borrowed from spaceship designs.
The phone’s calling card is the end-to-end encryption built into most of its core apps. Located where a microSD card might normally be is the Turing Imitation Key, added hardware that algorithmically encrypts the user’s data as he’s using the phone. It also includes secure peer-to-peer apps for messaging, voice calls and e-mail cloud services. The Turing Phone is activated via a fingerprint reader on the side of the device.
Another unusual feature is its construction. It is made of a material called liquidmorphium that Turing said is stronger than steel or aluminum. Apple reportedly is using the material in limited quantities in its iPhone 6. Apart from that, the Turing has a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel model on the front. There is no USB port and no headphone jack.
May Just Be Quirky Enough
We reached out to independent tech analyst Jeff Kagan, who told us that since 20 percent of market share is being fought over by smaller phone makers, it might pay to come out with something out of the ordinary.
"The marketplace is big enough to support several more handsets," said Kagan. "This is the marketplace that the Turing Phone is in. The Turing Phone is not your typical smartphone."
The Turing Phone is also extremely waterproof thanks to a nano-coating on the internals that doesn't use any rubber. If it's submerged, the phone can be simply shaken off and used again. Other specs include 1080x1920-pixel display; 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC; 3 GB of RAM; 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE; NFC; GPS/Glonass; and a non-removable 3000mAh battery. The phone will available for pre-order starting July 31.
Kagan noted that although the many unusual features of the Turing Phone might not be enough for it to gain a foothold in a competitive marketplace, they might be enough to get attention. The phone’s core features will have to take over from there, he said.
"This is an interesting take on the traditional smartphone," Kagan said. "It will likely be attractive to those who want a quirky device. The question is will it have enough apps and features users want to [make it] attractive. Is there an opportunity? Yes. Is it a sure thing? No."
Posted: 2015-12-01 @ 6:26pm PT
Well, the turing phone neither has a USB jack nor a 3.55 headphone jack in order to make it fullproof unhackable.
Posted: 2015-07-19 @ 4:07am PT
launch it in India