The Turing Phone is on hold and if you still want one, you can confirm your pre-order and receive a free upgrade. In case you forgot, this is the phone branded as the “unhackable” device and it had the release date set on December 18th, but that will not happen anymore.
Turing Robotics Industries has sent an email to its customers, saying it will need more time to comply with orders and such. Customers get two options: cancel and receive a refund or stick around and get a free upgrade. The free upgrade means that 16GB of storage will turn into 64GB. The 64GB version upgrades to 128GB and people who ordered the 128GB model will get a limited edition model.
No new shipping date has been announced yet, but the promise Turing Robotics made is that the device will ship by the end of Q1 2016.
The new Turing phone is ready to be pre-ordered and you will be amazed by its looks. This un-hackable device is the epitome of the smartphone in the sense that it is deconstructed and reconstructed around the premise of an in-hackable piece of tech. It was designed around this functionality only and it is supposed to keep you and your data completely safe from any malware, virus or data digger around. You can pre-order one now if you want to pay between $610 – $1299, but there’s a catch we will elaborate more about in a minute.
The Turing phone has a hardened version of Android 5.1 with a fingerprint reader, no ports and end-to-end encryption. No ports means no USB devices to connect it to and no jack for headphones or a charger. The spec list includes a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD screen plus a Snapdragon 801 processor paired with 3GB of RAM, a 13MP camera and a 3000 mAh battery.
Thing is, there’s a catch to pre-ordering. You can do so only if you reserved one of these babies a while back. If you did or know someone who did it, you can pre-order, send or get an invitation to pre-order. No one knows if there will be a limit on invitations per year or a limit on these smartphones altogether.
You get three standard Turing phone versions plus a limited edition Dark Wyvern Glaedr, a gold-accented flamboyant device. This gold one costs the most of course, being situated at $1299, whereas the other three range in price according to their storage option: 32GB for $610, 64GB for $740 or 128GB for $870.
But wait! we have more! you can dress your Turing phone in armor! A Turing Armor case adds some features of their own, including a USB port, a jack for headphones, 128GB of extra storage, an extra 3000 mAh battery and WiGig wireless tech. WiGig wireless tech is branded as the first 5G wireless technology attempt and it is aimed at data transfer between the phone and the case storage, but it also works between two cases. It is said that this type of connectivity can move at 2.5Gbps. The case has not yet appeared in any official photos.
Just in case you really want a Turing Phone for its looks or its security but you can’t pay up front, there’s a deal floating around named “ServiceOne=”. This way you pay $21 to $43 per month on the phone and you can upgrade to the second generation Turing next year in the process. You would have to return the original when you get the second one though.
The Turing Phone age is finally upon us and, if you are a very different person with very different interests, you may find it the best device on the market yet. Why is that you ask? Because this smartphone is said to be the most secured piece of hardware available to the general public at the moment. It is unbreakable, unstoppable, UNHACKABLE. Of course, its unique design will draw your attention as well.
Turing is now accepting reservations on its website. You read right, reservations. This is because you are not requested any money like it happens on regular pre-orders. All you have to do is enter contact information and choose the desired colors and storage capacity for your device.
What makes the Turing phone special?
This smartphone is unique in the sense that it is branded as a secured device in terms of software. It does not have any jacks or USB ports because you will have to charge it via a proprietary cable with no data connection support, and you get a Bluetooth headset when you buy the device.
It is encrypted all around for the greater purpose of keeping everything secured. The smartphone has a public key that allows you to send messages to users and a private key you can use to decrypt them. Everything is handled on local hardware and there are no servers because this way, there are no security holes that can be exploited.
The Turing phone has an angular body with IPX8 water resistance and it is made of the “Liquidmorphium” alloy, which is supposed to be a mélange of metals stronger than titanium.
5” 1080p display
Snapdragon 801 processor
13MP rear camera
8MP front camera
Fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication
3000 mAh battery
Unlocked GSM and LTE networks
NFC without wireless charging
Android 5.1 (modified and encrypted).
When it comes to storage, the Turing Phone offers you three options: 16GB for $610, 64GB for $740 or 128GB for $870. You can choose from three distinct color options: Beowulf (black and purple), Cardinal (red and white) or Pharoh (red and blue).
In order to get on the reservation list, you have to go to the official Turing Robotics Industries device page and submit your name, email address, phone number and home city.
The heavily secured Turing Phone smartphone is already being reviewed by several connoisseurs and opinions seem to differ. While some like the device, others consider it disgusting because of its software interface and lack of ports. The device, however, stands out among this year’s flagships, and we will soon see what it truly offers for ourselves.