Updated: Sept. 5, 2016 18:33
Well, after two readings of Turning Robotic Industries’ announcement, we could not find any disclaimers in small print or an emoji. Ostensibly, it looks like this is an official announcement by the company, which is unveiling its ultra-ultra-advanced smartphone. The company says it will have artificial intelligence and (AI) security capabilities – and absolutely unbelievable technical specifications.
2 Snapdragon 830 chipsets and 1 TB Storage
The new device, to be called the Turing Phone Cadenza, will be the heir of the company’s current smartphone, and according to the company, will include impressive specifications. The device will have a 5.8-inch QHD screen, and be based on no fewer than two Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 chipsets – which have not actually been launched yet. The processors will have 12 GB RAM in a configuration of 2 LPDDR4 6 GB memory units.
The new device’s storage space will also not disappoint its users. According to the company announcement, it will have no less than 512 GB in built-in storage space, plus two extension ports for microSD cards, each up to 256 GB. In other words, the device is designed to be the first smartphone to offer its users 1TB of storage space.
Moving to the device’s photography, the specs here are also beyond ordinary. The device includes a 60 Megapixel rear photography system with four iMAX 6K video cameras. The selfie camera will give you “only” a 20 Megapixel photo. If you spend a lot of time overseas, or you have a number of lines, you will be delighted to discover that the Cadenza includes no fewer than four Nano-Sim extension ports. Where connectivity is concerned, the new device supports the WiGig 60GHz standard for data transmission at speeds up to 1 Gbps.
Powering all of this are not one, but two batteries: one with fuel cell technology, and the second a graphene battery. While we are on the subject of graphene, let me mention that the device is made out of graphene oxide. The company has taken care of everything – the device has aptX, a high-quality Bluetooth-based sound technology developed by Qualcomm, and a software component made by Marshall, a well-known UK manufacturer.
The device will run on Swordfish OS, a version of the Sailfish operating system developed by Jolla. According to the company, the system is based on artificial intelligence and machine learning, and will support Convolutional Neural Networks – networks of neurons for understanding images – and natural language processing (NLP).
In his company’s announcement, Turing CEO and chief architect Steve Chao writes, “It is our belief that we can disrupt the status quo by bringing the Turing Phone Cadenza from the future to the present.” The company did not disclose further particulars, such as the price or the launch date, merely writing cryptically, “Launch in 2017.”
Will it live up to the hype?
While the team over at Turing seem to be brimming with enthusiasm, others in the industry have expressed a healthy dose of skepticism that is worth noting.
According to one source, they questioned whether Turing will be able to make the leap in specs from their last version, which was based on a significantly older version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoC, to the level that they are now setting their sights on. It would appear to be a leap for just the span of two quarters.
This is not to say that the jump would be impossible to achieve with enough time and money, but it does seem to put a damper on the idea that they will meet their goal of launching the device in 2017. The 830 processors are only expected to reach the market by Q1 of next year, adding to the wonderment as to how they will get through their production schedule on time. The source pointed to StoreDot’s ever increasing time table as an example of expectations beating out reality.
To be fair to Turing, missing delivery dates is a long-held industry tradition, and it would be a mistake to fault them if they push back the launch by a quarter or two. The question is if it will stretch on significantly past this grace zone.
Beyond the issues of the processor and its capacity to support the high performance that has been proposed by Turing, it is their claims of being “ultra-secure”, that should probably raise the most eyebrows.
Even with the extra steps to improve encryption between users, supposedly allowing for the worry free transfer of credit card and other personal data, remember that everything is hackable if someone decides that you are worth it. Perhaps the best protection that they are offering is the use of the Swordfish OS that was developed by Jolla. Security by obscurity has its advantages.
Whether Turing will be able to live up to their lofty target date and specs, we will only find out next year. Until then, don’t hold your breath.
Geektime.com’s editorial team contributed to this reporting