Nigh unbreakable, unhackable, impractical- The Turing phone

It’s the phone we would recommend to budding superheroes… and supervillains

Meet the Turing phone. It’s the phone Jason Bourne would use. And Cobb in Inception. Not to mention every Bond.

It’s a 5.5in Android device from Turning Robotic Industries based in San Francisco and China that’s made of liquidmetal. Liquidmetal? Liquidmetal, also known as Liquidmorphium, is an alloy that’s stronger than steel and titanium. The phone and its innards are also nanocoated which effectively make it waterproof.

The key feature though and probably the reason for its name, is the Turing Imitation Key the phone houses within. Remember Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game? That guy is the inspiration for this. The phone features end-to-end encryption -its authentication process relies on the phone’s private key, making it fully functional offline. And it has a fingerprint scanner on the side. It can’t be hacked is what we’re trying to say.

Spec wise, the phone has nothing special to write home about- 5.5in 1980x1080 display, 2.5GHz Quad-Core processor, 13/8MP camera set and a 3000mAh non-removable battery.

Now for the impractical bits.- the phone has no headphone jack, no microUSB port for charging; it has a Apple like MagSafe connector for that. No expandable memory and the Turing range starts with a paltry 16GB storage. The prices are of course a little on the higher side- $610 (about ₹39,000) for 16GB, $740 (₹47,000) for 64GB, or $870 (₹55,000) for 128GB.

All things said and done though, it is an intriguing phone. Clearly it is not an entertainment device but it’s not meant to be. It’s meant to be a fortress. A damn good looking fortress. Only 10,000 will be made and pre-orders start from the end of this month. We’ll do a full review if we get our hands on this little beast so do check back.