Turing Phone Claims To Be Unbreakable, Unhackable

New cell phones seem to come out every day. But the new Turing Phone, developed by San Francisco-based Turing Robotic Industries, just might be unique enough to stand out from the pack. Engineers at Turing have developed an unusual smartphone that the company said is unhackable and unbreakable -- it's made out of a material that is stronger than titanium and steel.

The 5.5-inch smartphone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with the Turing Aemaeth user interface. It boasts a standard Snapdragon processor and 16 GB of storage on the entry-level ($610) model. But thatEUs where its similarities to other phones end. It comes in three models, Pharaoh, Cardinal, and Beowulf, and has a curved, multi-colored shell and a patterned back borrowed from spaceship designs.

Tough Encryption

The phoneEUs calling card is the end-to-end encryption built into most of its core apps. Located where a microSD card might normally be is the Turing Imitation Key, added hardware that algorithmically encrypts the userEUs data as heEUs using the phone. It also includes secure peer-to-peer apps for messaging, voice calls and e-mail cloud services. The Turing Phone is activated via a fingerprint reader on the side of the device.

Another unusual feature is its construction. It is made of a material called liquidmorphium that Turing said is stronger than steel or aluminum. Apple reportedly is using the material in limited quantities in its iPhone 6. Apart from that, the Turing has a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel model on the front. There is no USB port and no headphone jack.

May Just Be Quirky Enough

We reached out to independent tech analyst Jeff Kagan, who told us that since 20 percent of market share is being fought over by smaller phone makers, it might pay to come out with something out of the ordinary.

"The marketplace is big enough...

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