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Boeing offers details on its new secure Android smartphone

Boeing has officially announced a new smartphone that was designed with security and modularity in mind. The modular and secure design allows the device to be used in a range of mission and configurations.
 
The “Boeing Black” has embedded hardware security features, software policy configurability, and physical modularity. The phone runs Android for the operating system. It also supports encrypting the contents of its internal drive. The Boeing Black has a Hardware Root of Trust [PDF] that ensures software authenticity.
 
Other features include embedded secure components, trusted platform modules, and secure boot. And don't even think about trying to crack the phone open for nefarious reasons:

The Boeing Black phone is manufactured as a sealed device both with epoxy around the casing and with screws, the heads of which are covered with tamper proof covering to identify attempted disassembly. Any attempt to break open the casing of the device would trigger functions that would delete the data and software contained within the device and make the device inoperable.
 
The hardware specifics of the device include a 4.3-inch qHD resolution screen. The phone uses a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and includes Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. The Boeing Black weighs 170g and has a 1590 mAh internal battery. Bluetooth v2.1+EDR is supported. Boeing equips the device with an unspecified amount of internal storage and includes a microSD card slot for expansion. The phone will run on GSM, LTE, and WCDMA networks.

 
Much of the details of the phone are unannounced because the device will be used for sensitive communications. Boeing said that the specs are exempt from the Freedom of information Act because the hardware contains trade secrets that are vital to national security.

Sources: Boeing, Qz.com, FCC





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