Boeing, the world’s largest Aerospace Company has just announced a new product in the market, which is not a plane or even a defense system. In fact, the latest offering from Boeing is a smartphone, that too a highly secured one.
Usually known for its commercial airliners and security systems, the company has now entered a whole new market, by releasing its first smartphone, the Boeing Black. However, Black is not a regular smartphone. It comes with several goodies to keep its customers secured, which in this case is probably the US Government. It features decent specs, offers modularity as well as security to its users.
The device will be powered by a Dual Core 1.2Ghz ARM Cortex processor and runs on Google’s Android platform. It will have onboard as well as external storage options and will have a 4.3 inch qHD screen with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. As for the connectivity, it supports LTE, GSM and UMTS network bands, features dual sim card slots and comes with Bluetooth 2.1+EDR as opposed to Bluetooth 4 which is found on most recent phones. The phone is also heavy to carry and weighs 170 grams and is around 13.25mm thick owing to chunky 1590 mAh battery.
While these specs are not exactly up to date, the actual selling point of the device is its modularity and security features. The phone is modular in the sense that the user can swap out the back cover to use add on modules which can bring in extra functionality like satellite connectivity, extra power, accurate GPS modules, solar charge and other such technology.
Boeing’s Black is also extremely secure and features Boeing’s PureSecure Architecture which is specifically designed for the mobile environment. As Boeing has been a Government contractor for a long time, the company should be experienced in these kinds of security softwares. The phone comes with operating system policy controls, hardware media encryption, configurable inhibit controls to secure the device during any mission. According to today’s FCC filing, the phone will also come with a self-destruct feature which will wipe out all data from the phone rendering it useless in case of a break in.
Basically, the Black is designed for government use. It is made in such a way that users can take it during any kind of mission without having to worry about his or her data security. Although Boeing has not yet revealed anything about its pricing or availability, Wall Street Journal reports that the company would release the device soon. So, one can expect it to be available around the fall of 2014.
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