Turing Robotic Industries (TRI) announced their brand new Turing Phone last April. It promised superior security and a strong design that would be a perfect fit for the active businessman. Some loved it, some not so much, but one thing is for sure – it stroke the audience, causing an onslaught of thoughts, questions and concerns.
The most popular doubt was regarding the release date and pricing information. We are not quite sure about the exact release date quite yet, but Turing Robotic Industries is now telling us you can pre-order this enterprise beast starting July 31st.
This phone turns out to be a very special product; it is the first liquidmetal-built smartphone to come to market. What the hell is liquidmetal? Don’t worry, I asked the same thing. As it turns out this amorphous metal alloy was developed by the California Institute of Technology research team, and it contains a mixture of zirconium, copper, aluminum, nickel and silver.
It’s not just a fancy name to throw on a specs sheet, that’s for sure. Liquidmetal has a high tensile strength and coefficient of restitution. It is also blessed with insane anti-wearing characteristics and its corrosion resistance is said to be like no other. In short: this phone will be built to withstand the horrors some of us put our devices through on a daily basis.
The Turing Phone is about more than just a strong build quality, though. This device is to compete against high-profile security devices like Silent Circle’s Blackphone products. The Turing Phone can directly verify the identity of other Turing devices using the company’s decentralized authentication technology. This method creates a protected network that insulates the device from cyber-threats and privacy intrusions, allowing users to share all kinds of private information without a single worry.
Don’t all these phones turn out being horrible, though? While we will agree most rugged and security-focused smartphones are no good in terms of consumer expectations, the Turing Phone packs a pretty good punch. Here are the specifications.
- 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
Not bad at all, but remember these phones are not priced the same way consumer phones are. Turing Robotics Industries is definitely charging a premium for its highly secure and resistant smartphones. The 16 GB version will go for $610. Meanwhile, the 64 GB and 128 GB will cost $740 and $870, accordingly.
Not sure whether you want to pre-order or simply wait for the phone to be officially released? Turing Robotics Industries wants to give you a little incentive by offering all pre-ordering customers a bonus accessories package. It will include a Bleutooth keyboard, a Bluetooth speaker, a Bluetooth gaming headset and a gaming controller.
In addition, four color schemes will be announced on July 22nd, so you can be ready to make your pre-order as soon as July 31st comes around. The Turing Phone will be available for pre-order straight from the manufacturer’s website.
Are any of you signing up? It’s definitely a niche market they are trying to target… but it’s also one with a lot of cash in hand.