Boeing has created an Android smartphone that destroys data if someone tries to open the device. The smartphone is intended for government services that work with sensitive information and will not be for sale in stores.
Anyone who turns the screws on the Boeing Black smartphone to open it activates a trigger that automatically removes all data from the device, Quartz says based on documents from the FCC inspection agency. This option is standard on the device to prevent sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands in the event of theft. In addition, the device has secureboot to prevent users from modifying the software and the data is encrypted by default.
The Boeing Black is a thick and heavy Android smartphone. It measures over 13mm and weighs 170g, according to the features that Boeing itself has put online. The device has a 4.3″ screen with a resolution of 960×540 pixels, has a micro-USB port, microSD slot and an extra 24-pin port to connect specific sensors. The phone has 4G- support and runs on a soc with two Cortex A9 processor cores at up to 1.2GHz.
The screenshot on the device shows a standard Android interface of Android 4.x, of course without Google apps. The smartphone is only for sale for certain government services; it will not be publicly available. It is unknown who produces the hardware for Boeing. Boeing is known for its aircraft, but the American concern also has a large Defense, Space & Security Division.