Turing Robotic Industries (TRI) has just unveiled the Turing Phone, a handset that focuses on security and durability. The company claims that the device?provides secure, end-to-end encryption and sports a body that is said to be the strongest to ever grace any smartphone model.
An ultra durable frame
One of the model?s main selling points is apparently its frame. The Turing Phone is wrapped in a body built from ?Liquidmorphium,? a metal alloy that?s reportedly more durable than titanium. TRI?s press release indicated that the material was developed by Prof. Lugee Li, founder of New Technology and Material, Inc., along with and material scientist Dr. Atakan Peker.
The device is molded from a single slab of Liquidmorphium. The company described it as ?an amorphous alloy of zirconium, copper, aluminum, nickel and silver that provides greater tensile strength than either titanium or steel, protecting the phone from shock and screen breakage.? It actually has an atomic structure more similar to glass than aluminum or steel. However, it?s much stronger than either of those metals. Engadget pointed out that even though there’s also aluminum, ceramic and plastic on the phone?s body, the exotic metal alloy should diminish the chances that users will wreck the device if they drop it.
Specs inside the armor
This handset?s goal is not only to protect users? phone physically but also to secure their information digitally. Last year, TheBitbag.com reported about Silent Circle?s Blackphone, a privacy-focused Android smartphone. Now, the introduction of TRI?s handset challenges Blackphone in this technology niche.
The device puts an emphasis on security by offering its own server-free encrypted communication between users and a fingerprint reader that encourages them to lock down their device. Like the Blackphone, it?s built to be secure, but in a different way. Using TRI’s ?decentralized authentication technology,? each Turing Phone is capable of verifying the identity of other Turing devices directly without the need for a third-party Key Center. This end-to-end authentication creates a protected communications network that is completely insulated?from privacy intrusions and cyber-threats.
Moreover, the model is equipped with a Turing Imitation Key security chip that functions to authenticate encryption locally. In other words, the authentication process is always offline and therefore out of hackers? reach. On the other hand, a major drawback is that users can only exchange encrypted data only with other Turing Phone owners.
Ultra-secure features and the seemingly indestructible body aside, the Turing Phone has a rather mediocre specs sheet in today?s standards. CNet shared that the handset is powered by a relatively old 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor from Qualcomm, has a 5.5-inch 1080p HD display, 3GB of RAM, and 16/64/128GB of internal storage. The phone is packed with a ?13-megapixel main camera, ?8-megapixel front shooter and a 3,000 mAh battery.
TRI is still mum about the device?s exact pricing and availability of the 16GB variant. However, Engadget mentioned that the 64GB model will be available for around $700 to $750 on August 10. Meanwhile, the 128GB variant will reportedly sell for about $870.
Photo Credit: ?Turing Phone Press Kit