Turing Phone

Futuristic-looking liquid metal Turing Phone promises total hacker protection (hands-on)

The search for the secure smartphone continues: this time, we're taking a look at the Turing Phone. This Android smartphone will be available for pre-order later this month, and combines a unique, liquid metal chassis with a hardline focus on security.

At first blush, the Turing Phone left me... let's say skeptical. When a company you've never heard of launches a sparse website touting a (pricey) smartphone, bandies about jargon like "Liquidmorphium" and claims to be able to shut out hackers, it becomes hard to reserve judgement.

But the Turing Phone is more or less real: I've handled a pair of prototypes (and one non-functional dummy), and chatted at length with SYL Chao, Turing Robotics' CEO. Chao's previous project was the QSAlpaha Quasar IV . That smartphone was similarly focused on total encryption and security, but ran a custom operating system based on Android and ultimately failed to gain much traction. The Turing Phone amends some of those missteps and looks and feels great, but Turing Robotics' claims remain theoretical, and unproven. But the device remains an intriguing concept: let's look beyond the buzzwords and to see what lies underneath.

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