Turing Robotics Industries (TRI) does not have a good reputation when it comes to actually shipping phones. The company’s first handset, the ‘ultra-secure’ Turing Phone, was delay multiple times and even switch operating systems. That’s perhaps why TRI announced today that it’s partnering with Chinese tech company TCL to make the Turing Phone Appassionato.
The Appassionato smartphone will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and it’ll be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8996SG-AC SoC, which appears to be a version of the 821 Snapdragon processor, 6GB RAM, and 128GB of storage. It is machined from a ‘liquidmorphium alloy,’ along with a diamond-like carbon coating. It also has a scratch-resistant sapphire screen. That is the same material that Apple uses for its camera lenses, and that the iPhone manufacturer failed to make in large enough quantities for its own displays.
It will feature its own personal assistant named Sir ALAN, perhaps taken from famous Alan Turing. But instead of the simply artificial intelligence, it’ll boast of ‘amplified’ intelligence. TRI does not go into much detail but says this new tech combines artificial intelligence with the human intelligence, specifically the ‘enhanced-concierge capabilities’.
The Appassionato looks like a sane device by comparison, but even with help of the TCL, it remains to be seen if Turing can actually ship it as promised. The posh materials and assistant are going to cost you, however: a basic PX8 version of the Appassionato will cost $1,100 when it arrives in September, while ‘premium-luxury’ GX8 version will cost $1,600.