Boeing smartphone self-destructs at the wrong hands

Black, the Boeing smartphone

Black, the Boeing smartphone

Boeing has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for an Android smartphone that self-destructs if anyone attempts to physically open its case.

The Boeing Black will be offered to defense and security organizations in the United States, according to the company.

This Boeing smartphone sports hardware encryption, can be configured using software policies, and unlimited modular capabilities, which the company says can “significantly reduce the potential threat of attacks.” It features a 4.3-inch qHD touch screen with 540 x 960 resolution, a 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, a “secure version of Android,” a microUSB port, PDMI port, a 24-pin connector, a slot for secure SD cards, and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR connectivity.

The 170-gram device also support dual SIM bands for LTE, WCDMA, and GSM, enabling users to switch between government and commercial networks seamlessly. The Boeing Black has a modular expansion port for those who wish to integrate more sensors or other enhancements like satellite connectivity or other customizations.

On the security side, the Boeing smartphone has embedded FIPS 140-2 storage, which is used to accredit cryptographic modules, as well as protect the device and the data it contains. It comes in a sealed case and tamper-proof screws, which destroys the device if someone tries to service it or replace parts.

The Boeing Black made its debut at the Mobile World Congress held this week in Barcelona, wherein representatives for the company said it would be offered at around $600, exclusive of connectivity.

Source: Tech New World

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