The handset’s housing is stronger than aluminum, steel and even titanium, so “Bendgate” certainly won’t be an issue here.
Mark Sullivan reports for VentureBeat that the Turing phone from Turing Robotic Industries will be the first smartphone on the market with a shell made completely of Liquidmetal. It is made of a material called liquidmorphium that is stronger than steel or aluminium and apparently the next big thing in phones. Apple is already using it in small quantities in the iPhone 6.
Users can activate the phone by using the fingerprint scanner on the side of the device.
The Turing phone which has nano-coating on the internals is built on around a novel concept of waterproofing. The case is not sealed off so water will actually get inside.
Also, the Turing Phone uses a proprietary charger, meaning, microUSB cables have no place in the phone.
The Turing Phone becomes available for preorder on July 31st starting at $740 in the USA and China. The smartphone is also equipped with a number of sensors such as the fingerprint, gyroscope, magnetometer, accelerometer, proximity, temperature, ambient light and humidity sensor.
Turing Robotic Industries chief executive S.Y.L. Chao told Sullivan that his company is the first to be able to manufacture Liquidmetal components that measure more than 10 millimeters.
Other specifications of the Turing Phone include a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) display; 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC; 3GB of RAM; 16/32/64GB storage models; a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash; an 8-megapixel front-facing camera; 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE; NFC; GPS/ Glonass; and a non-removable 3000mAh battery.
“People were like, ‘Why do I need that?’ But then they were standardised”.
He said the focus was three features: privacy keys, liquid metal, nano-coating. “In the future, if you don’t have liquid metal, nano-coating, and a privacy key, you’ll be phased out right away”, Chao added.