We might actually see a more realistic phone from Turing Robotic Industries (TRI). The company is partnering up with TCL to bring us the Turing Phone Appassionato.
There’s still some question as to how worthwhile it will be to consumers though. Turing’s last phone — the Turing Phone — had delay after delay, and then when it finally shipped, came with a different operating system than was originally promised — Sailfish instead of Android. Not only that, but the phone caught a lot of flak with reviewers.
But now, TRI is partnering up with TCL for its new phone, which already sells handsets under a range of brands, such as BlackBerry and Alcatel.
Of course, TRI still has a lot of exotic things it wants to include in the Appassionato, but it’s much more realistic than previous handsets the company has said it will produce. TRI says the phone will be constructed with a metal alloy called Liquidmorphium, which will sport a diamond-like carbon coating for what TRI is calling a “high-tech ceramic feel.” It’ll also use sapphire glass for it’s display, something that Apple uses for its camera lens’ and attempted to use for its displays.
Those materials already indicate a high price point, but TRI’s taking things a step further and including an advanced voice assistant it’s calling “Sir Alan.” The company says the voice assistant will be “an intimate yet intelligent experience.” We do have our doubts though — voice assistant technology really is still in its infancy, and right now, some of the best you can get on a smartphone is Bixby with the Galaxy S8 and Google Assistant on the Pixel.
TRI says the device will come in two variants — the PX8 and the GX8, which will be the luxury edition. They’ll cost a ridiculous $1,099 and $1,599, far more expensive than even a loaded out Pixel or iPhone 7.
With the TCL partnership, the Appassionato is much more realistic, but we still have yet to see if TRI can deliver on all of its exotic promises this time around.