The phone of choice for many government agencies in the US is still BlackBerry but it may change soon. Aviation manufacturer Boeing has just announced the Boeing Black – a mysterious phone which was first rumored back in mid-2012. The device was expected to be released by the end of that year, but apparently the company needed one year extra to finish the work on the Black. And no wonder, since the Boeing Black is a true masterpiece in terms of security and even employs modular design.
Boeing Black modular phone focused on security that destruct data when compromised…
The Boeing Black was designed for customers working at “government agencies and companies engaged in contractual activities with those agencies that are related to defense and homeland security.” It means that it will be off limits for an average user. Not only that, but many technical details about the phone are kept secret from the general public.
In a spec sheet Boeing revealed that the Black measures 131.9 x 67.7 x 13.25 mm and weighs 170 grams. The phone has a 4.3-inch display with qHD (540 x 960) resolution and is powered by dual 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs. Internal memory, which was not specified, is expandable via microSD slot.
The Black supports dual-SIM, three bands of LTE as well as WCDMA and GSM networks. Other features include Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR and a removable 1,590 mAh battery. The phone runs Android, however Boeing didn’t reveal which version.
As said earlier, the Boeing Black focuses heavily on defense and security. Safety of content is ensured by such features as disk encryption, hardware root of trust, hardware crypto engine, embedded secure components, trusted platform modules and secure boot.
Moreover, the device automatically destroys all stored data when someone tries to crack open the case. So what can you do if the phone breaks down? Nothing really, because as Boeing’s counsel Bruce Olcott explained, “there are no serviceable parts on Boeing’s Black phone”. Any attempt of tempering with the case will trigger data-destruction process.
As for modularity of the Boeing Black, the phone’s functionality can be expanded through addition of various components, such as: biometric scanners, satellite transceivers, solar chargers and more.
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