Turing Robotics Industries knows they are catering to a niche market, but they don’t quite know how much interest there is for their Turing Phone just yet. The company may have missed the expected July 31st pre-order date, but they are making up for it by allowing you to reserve a phone.
In essence, it’s pretty much just the company’s way of finding out how many people are interested in buying a Turing Phone, likely to estimate production. You give them your information, but have no commitment to buy a Turing Phone when it is finally released. And since there is no contract, they also don’t have a need to sell you a phone if they don’t have one for you.
The reservation process is very simple. Just choose a color option (beowulf, pharaoh or cardinal) and a storage option (16, 64 or 128 GB), and then give them your information. That’s it!
Just in case you don’t know the Turing Phone, it’s a secure handset that is strong both inside and out. The device comes with water protection, a strong body made of liquidmetal and pretty good specs.
Turing Phone specs
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- 5.5-inch 1080p display
- 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
- 3 GB of RAM
- 16/64/128 GB of internal storage
- 13 MP rear-facing camera
- 8 MP front-facing camera
- 3000 mAh battery
Those are specifications you don’t often find in rugged, security-focused smartphones. We spent some time with it and can tell you the phone is pretty snappy. The UI may not be ideal for Android purists, as it is very heavily modified, but the phone takes care of business, and it looks good doing so.
Of course, the Turing Phone is not cheap. The 16 GB version will cost $610 USD, while 64 GB and 128 GB versions will be priced at $740 and $870, respectively. This goes right in line with other high-end smartphones in the market, yet the Turing Phone’s specs are not on par with those. Those interested in this device want it for other reasons, though, and the phone has enough power to function well.
So what do you guys say? Are any of you interested in buying the Turing Phone?