In this ever-increasing smartphone world, few manufacturers are turning to the niche market rather than mainstream. These niche phones have some differentiating factors. The Turing phone was announced at the beginning of August and it is described to be ‘unhackable’ by their markers.
The company has announced that they have partnered with Foxconn, who will be exclusively manufacturing the smartphone and shipments will start from December 18. The Turing phone is available in Beowulf, Pharaoh and Cardinal colour/pattern variants. Price starts at US $610 for the 16GB variant, $740 for 64GB and $840 for the 128GB variant. These ultra-secure devices are on reservation and not on pre-order. Thus, you will not be actually charged for it right now but can show an interest by placing an order.
The company will start sending out ‘invites’ to consumers who have reserved the phone on September 21. You can also pre-order the Dark Wyvern special edition starting from September 24. A Dark Wyvern ‘Glaedr’ special edition will also be available for US $1299 and only 3,000 units will ever be produced.
Turing phone Specifications
The Turing phone features a 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD display, which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC) 64-bit processor. It has 3 GB of RAM and comes with 16 / 64 / 128 GB internal memory. The device runs on Android 5.1 out of the box but is heavily modified and encrypted by Turing Aemeath UI, which makes it ‘unhackable’.
It comes with a 13 megapixel primary rear camera with Dual LED flash. On the front, there is a 8 megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling. It also comes with a fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication. On the connectivity front, it packs in 4G LTE, 3G, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual Band), Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, GPS and GLONASS. It packs in a 3,000 mAh non-removable battery under the hood.
The Turing phone has a very unique angular design and the body is wrapped around by a ‘Liquidmorphium’ frame. The material used here is being claimed to be stronger than steel by the company. It is also IPX8 certified which makes it water-resistant as well. In order to make the phone ultra-secure, both USB port and headphone jack is missing. However, you get a Wallaby Magstream power cable and adapter which works with the proprietary port and a Turing Gaming Bluetooth Earphone is part of the box. It is further encrypted by the Turing Imitation Key, which helps in sending private messages to the user and a private key to decrypt them. These are handled locally so that the phone remains secure.