24 June 2016
Turning had announced last year its upcoming phone wouldn’t be able to meet its deadline of the 2015 year end. It announced that the shipment is going to get delayed and it would be at least the end of quarter one this year. Well, we are already at the end of quarter two of 2016 and still the phone is nowhere to be seen. What’s the matter?
Around one month back, the company once again said that it will start shipping the device by this month end. What they did was left the Android OS and embraced Sailfish instead. They then moved their setups to Salo. Things certainly looked like there’s something fishy going on out there.
However, out of nowhere, Turning mailed all its (waiting) customers to tell them the final shipping date of the phone, which will be July 12. To second their claims, the company also brought out a video that showed the functioning of the device. And yes, there’s that Sailfish 2.0. We have posted the video below for you.
The video that runs for 3:37 minutes shows the functioning of the phone initially. Then the focus moves on to the Sailfish tutorial. You can watch the video to know more details.
However, the thing that catches attention is that the security or any special features aren’t demonstrated in the video. So, there’s room for doubt that the phone will just be a basic smartphone running on Sailfish. And what will the customers be thinking of the phone when they have paid in excess of $600 and aren’t sure how their device are secured.
The company makes a point that the devices are shipping with SD801 as evaluation units and that the customers will be getting a Turning Phone with SD820 gratis by the end of this year.