Boeing announces a self-destructing smartphone

Do you find those self-destructing gadgets in spy films like Mission Impossible or James Bond cool? Except for the exploding part, that may soon be realised as Boeing, the aerospace and defence company, announced the Boeing Black (not to be confused with Geeksphone Blackphone), a highly secured smartphone.

It is least likely though that you would be able to get the Boeing Black at your consumer electronics stores as the phone will be primarily sold to government agencies and its contractors that are engage in homeland security and defense.

The specs released by Boeing to the general public for its Black smartphone is very limited to somehow make the phone more secure, in fact if you would be getting the Boeing Black you are obliged to sign a purchase agreement to keep the phone’s features, hardware specs, apps, etc. confidential. What we know though is that the Boeing Black will have a 4.3” qHD screen, LTE, Dual-SIM support, micro-SD support, and a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz.

The Boeing Black will be running a customized version of Android and for the security part it will be powered by Boeing PureSecure architecture. For the phone’s security you’ll be getting the following features:

  • Hardware Root of Trust: Ensures software authenticity
  • Disk Encryption: Encrypted storage for sensitive data
  • Secure Boot: Maintains device image integrity
  • Hardware Crypto Engine: Protects stored and transmitted data
  • Trusted Platform Modules: Provides secure key storage
  • Embedded Secure Components: Enables trusted operations

The Boeing Black also provides unparalleled modularity via a proprietary 24-pin port. The expansion port should let you add more sensors, like for advanced location tracking or biometrics; communications, like satellite transceivers and for discrete radio channels; or even additional power, like high-capacity battery or solar charging.

To make the Black even more secured, Boeing manufactured the phone as a sealed device with no serviceable parts available. Additionally the phone would self-destruct by deleting its data and software, making it inoperable, if there is any attempt to break open the phone’s casing.

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