The Turing Phone is a funny-looking smartphone aimed at folks who value promises of security over silly things like headphone jacks, SD card slots, and support for apps from the Google Play Store.
First announced over a year ago, the developers of the phone started taking pre-orders in August, 2015 in hopes of actually shipping a phone in December. That didn’t happen.
But as Android Police reports, now the company says it’s getting ready to ship the first phones to customers. But they’re described as “evaluation units.” A more powerful version is due out later this year, and Turing says it’ll let customers upgrade free of charge.
Evaluation models feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processors. Later this year Turing plans to launch a version with a Snapdragon 820 chip.
Other specs include a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, 3GB of RAM, 16GB to 128GB of storage, NFC, GPS, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and 4G LTE.
The phone has a fingerprint sensor, 13MP and 8MP cameras, and a 3,000 mAh battery.
The Turing Phone runs Jolla’s Sailfish OS 2.0 operating system, which is a Linux-based operating system capable of running some Android apps. A demo video has been posted on YouTube, but it doesn’t really provide a lot of details about the phone, but it does show what Sailfish OS looks like: