Turing Phone now shipping to early backers, missing waterproofing and Bluetooth headset


After a considerable number of delays and manufacturing hurdles, the Turing phone has finally materialized into a real-life item that's shipping to pre-orderers. The first batch was dispatched this Tuesday (July 12), as the second and third ones are scheduled for July 22 and July 29, respectively.

The first batch comprises Evaluation Units, that is, Turing Phones running an Alpha release of the Sailfish 2.0 operating system. The OS will be updated in early August, with the update slated to enable all of the phone's "special features".

Unfortunately, Turing had to postpone the water-repellent nano coating process because its complexity would have incurred further delays. Waterproofing will arrive with the Turing phone's next release, which is the smartphone's Snapdragon 820-powered high-end edition.

Additionally, the packaging doesn't include a Bluetooth headset, because Turing is busy customizing its "sound design" and aims to deliver the product in August. However, the package does have a 2.5D Glass Protector, two Wallaby port cables, and a charger.

Turing acknowledged that the phone's initial release might exhibit software and hardware issues, and encourages users to report such encounters in order to improve the experience.

All of this might sound sketchy, but those who pre-ordered the Turing phone knew what they were up for. Thus, the company awarded those "believers" by enrolling them in the TRI Elite Club, a program designed to grant them the latest updates and free trials on future products. Those early buyers will be upgraded to the high-end Snapdragon 820 edition when it ships, free of charge. It sounds like a fair deal.

So what's a Turing phone? In short, it's a strong and secure phone that's made from an unique metal alloy and runs a highly encrypted operating system. We're looking forward to reading users' impressions of this novel, highly elusive handset.

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4 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

this is why I avoid any smartphone crowdfunding.. Promised: - August '15 shipment - Android 5.0 - water-resistant Reality: - August '16 shipment - Sailfish 2.0 - no water resistant goodluck with that $600 phone with outdated spec (SD801, 16GB storage), crappy OS with questionable android apps compatibility, and a full year waiting time, lol

2. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

But they will upgrade it to sd820 free of cost when it will be available. So they make up of it. I think it is a fair compensation. Sailfish OS might be more secure than android bcoz it is not even on 1% phones. So less malware and less hackers.

4. thetruth860

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 15, 2016

please get the facts straight: atleast the company has created a product unlike anything on the market what have you done with your life besides being a no pussy getting blogger troll 3700 posts geesh buddy go outside getting a girl Promised: - dec 5th shipment - Android 5.0 - water-resistant Reality: - July '16 shipment - Sailfish 2.0 (dropped a less secure platform that is hackable by 10 year olds) - water resistant coming in 2nd batch

3. Rydsmith unregistered

Anyone else notice that their logo is a blatant copy of Destiny's logo?

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