Boeing Unveils Self-Destructable Android Smartphone Black; Key Security Features You Need to Know

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By Rohit KVN | February 28, 2014 12:08 AM EST

American aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing unveiled an advanced new-generation smartphone, dubbed Boeing Black, on 27 February.

Boeing Black, which was developed in over 36 months, was designed "with security and modularity in mind to ensure that our customers can use the same smartphone across a range of missions and configurations," said the company.

The new smartphone measures a little bigger than the Apple iPhones. It sports a 4.5inch qHD (960x540p) display and runs on the conventional Android OS with easy interface. However, for security purposes, the OS is integrated with Boeing PureSecure system for data to encrypt text messages, as well as audio and video based communication.

It has to be noted that if any illegal attempt is made to unlock the smartphone, the security feature triggers self-destruction of data in the storage and bricks the device, making it inoperable.

Though the device will look enticing to an average user, the Boeing Black will reportedly be made available only to government-run agencies and authorized defense-related sub-contractors.

Key security features you need to know:

Boeing PureSecure architecture: It is developed upon layers of trust from embedded hardware, operating system policy controls and compatibility with leading mobile device management systems.

Self-destruction: If an illegal attempt is made to unlock the phone, the device destroys all sensitive data rendering itself inoperable.

Hardware Root of Trust: It is said to authenticate the softwares he/she installs in the phone.

Hardware Crypto Engine: Protects stored and transmitted data.

Embedded Secure Components: Enables trusted operations.

Trusted Platform Modules: Provides secure key storage.

Secure Boot: Protects device integrity.

Hardware modularity: Can be configured to biometric technology device, satellites, additional power source like solar device and also support extended battery.

Dual-SIM capability: To switch between work and personal networks.

Check out the official video detailing the Boeing Black smartphone below:

Specifications of Boeing Black hardware:


Boeing Black


4.3-inch qHD (540x960p) screen


Android OS (version not specified) with enhanced software security policy configuration


1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU

Storage capacity

Expandable memory


Primary camera on the rear side with LED flash


1590 mAh (Li-Ion)


Can be connected biometric

Network  Bands

LTE: 700/1700/2100

WCDMA: 850/1900/2100

GSM: 850/900/1800/1900


Dual SIM slots, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR enabled connectivity, Micro-USB, PDMI, modular 244-pin connector, microSD card slot


131.9 x 67.9 x 13.25 mm


170 g

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