Having established itself as a success in the aviation industry, it seems that Boeing is ready to try its luck elsewhere. The company has readied ‘Boeing Black‘ which, it claims, is an ultra-secure smartphone built with modified Android.
The smartphone industry is slowly shifting its focus from mere looks and high-end specs to more privacy-conscious products, thanks to a surge in privacy concerns of the users. The sensor on both Apple’s iPhone 5S and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 can be seen in that context.
But there are other, less known vendors, who are readying more privacy-focused and secure handsets. Boeing has now joined this list. The company’s ‘Boeing Black’ can be called the almost James Bond of the smartphone industry. It packs neat looks with extra-ordinary security features, durability and customization.
You can, for instance, pop the back cover of the smartphone and replace it with a whole plethora of sensors and communication receivers. The handset packs a 4.3″ display and a 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip. While the details of the specs are posted below, what caught our eye was the mention of ‘Embedded FIPS 140-2 Key Storage, Hardware Inhibits, Trusted Modules, and Configurable OS Security Policies.’
Just what these ‘hardware inhibits’ are: if someone tries to breach the interior of the hardware, all data on board will be instantly deleted. This, and other excellent security checks, make sure that your data stays safe. Despite the cliched Bond references, this handset is actually a great choice for the likes of government agents and such.
Of course better privacy makes it an ideal choice for privacy activists as well but we doubt the price tag and the fact that Boeing has created it will make it sit well with those on the other side of the fence. It remains to be seen how this phone fares in the actual smartphone market, although we’d have slightly better hopes if Boeing had used a better music in that video.