Boeing is building a smartphone. Okay, let’s let that sink in for a second, Boeing is building a smartphone. But of course, it isn’t just any smartphone, it is their Black Smartphone. You know the hyper-secure and ultra-expensive defense department friendly smartphone that is supposedly going to be safe for use by the use government and defense department. Except, in order to get a secure smartphone, you’ll have to compromise a lot, and on a lot of things, too.
When you look at the device, it is basically identical to every other smartphone on the market, a boring black brick with a touch screen. Do keep in mind, it doesn’t have a front-facing camera, but it does have a relatively mediocre qHD display and a microSD card slot and PDMI connectivity. I honestly can’t remember the last time I saw a smartphone ship with a PDMI connector, but knowing how backwards much of the military is, this isn’t much of a surprise. Frankly, I think that any defense industry smartphone shouldn’t allow any type of external storage mediums and only one connector in or out of the device for maximum security. The good thing is that it will ship with LTE support, although the bands supported aren’t necessarily very specific as their stated LTE compatibility is 700 MHz, 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz.
Sure, the phone is ‘Made in America’ but so is the Motorola Moto X. The device is obviously going to be running on some secure version of Android, much like every other ‘secure’ smartphone out there. It remains to be seen, however, how these new ‘secure’ smartphones will actually stack up against hackers and the NSA.