The weird, but possibly wonderful Turing Phone to start shipping on July 12th


Having missed several release dates already, the unorthodox Turing Phone is now scheduled for shipping on July 12th. The first batch of the Sailfish OS 2.0-powered device will be shipped to customers who pre-ordered it last year in the form of Evaluation Units, for – read closely – Turing wants to "upgrade" these customers to the Snapdragon 820 edition of the smartphone, free of charge, before year's end.

The Turing Phone's regular edition is powered by the aged Snapdragon 801 processor and the base model features 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 13MP rear camera, and a 3000mAh battery, but it's not really the specs on this phone that make it interesting. Rather, it's its rugged structure and secure operating system that count.

Built out of an elaborate metal alloy containing Zirconium, Aluminum, Copper, Nickel and Titanium, the Turing Phone has been through 26 iterations of structural changes since its first announcement, which explains the multiple delays. It also lacks a Home button as to remove a potential hardware problem spot and maximize the available screen space. The smartphone is fully waterproof, and in addition to being extra rugged – as you'll see in the video below – it has no USB port and headphone jack.

The Turing Phone makes up for these questionable omissions by having its own end-to-end, decentralized authentication system serviced by the unique Turing Imitation Key. This runs on top of Jolla's Sailfish 2.0 operating system, which is supposed to be fully compatible with Android apps, but runs them inside a separate application layer to isolate them from the rest of the OS and prevent the possibility of unauthorized system file modifications.

The Turing phone is an unusual smartphone, to say the least. Hopefully, it will start shipping two weeks from now, as promised, and we'll have the opportunity for a deeper look at it.




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11 Comments

1. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

What's more likely to happen is the 12th July will actually be the announcement of the new shipping date, and so on.

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

SD801, SD820 or whatever is useless on sailfishOS and that vs excavator video is just funny, try do it on hard tarmac or flat hard soil

4. syedisfi

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 29, 2016

Exactly the reason why they have disabled comments in their youtube link.

5. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

SD820 is useless on Sailfish, it doesn't support aarch64 yet, but it does support SD801. What's wrong with Sailfish?, I think it has a great UI, makes proper use of a touchscreen. What's the point of having a touchscreen if you just have virtual buttons to navigate?, an added bonus is that you can install rpm packages! those who want Linux on mobile that's the way to go.

3. arkham

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

This Phone with Moto's Shatter proof display..... . mmmmmm ........... Perfect combo

6. Veteater

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 04, 2015

Asylum

7. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Nokia should buy Jolla and start making phones again. Sailfish OS is very good. That Indian CEO just wants to be boring and do networking crap nobody gives a hoot.

8. miketer

Posts: 520; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Those edges will tear my pant pockets.

9. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

This phone will never exist.

10. matistight

Posts: 987; Member since: May 13, 2009

No USB port?? How do you charge the phone?

11. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Most beautiful phone ever. I love the looks of it.

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