Samsung’s new Galaxy Quantum 2 includes quantum cryptography, but you can’t have one


Galaxy Quantum 2We can kinda see why Samsung didn’t announce its new Galaxy Quantum 2 closer to 1 April this year — the handset is the company’s second to include quantum cryptography, in the form of a quantum random number generator (QRNG) made by a company called ID Quantique.

But, as with most really cool things, you can’t have one. Not right now, at any rate. The Galaxy Quantum 2 is being launched in South Korea only for the moment, through the country’s SK Telecom service provider. Which is a little bit of a pity.

Galaxy Quantum 2: Quantumania

ID Quantique’s QRNG chip is a tiny little thing that works by using a CMOS image sensor and an LED to capture random noise that is used to encrypt the phone’s contents, which “…allows smartphone holders to use services that require security in a more safe and secure manner by generating unpredictable and patternless true random numbers.”

The information encrypted isn’t wholly secure — you’ve still got a shot at getting at it but you’ll need the actual device to do so. The encryption method is supported in South Korea by the country’s Shinhan Bank and Standard Chartered Bank Korea, with plans afoot to support Samsung’s credit cards and other Android apps.

As far as the whole ‘phone’ bit of the Galaxy Quantum 2 goes, the device isn’t shabby at all. It’ll have a 120Hz 6.7in Super AMOLED display, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and the slightly older Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset handling the regular day-to-day. There’s a triple camera with a 64MP main sensor and 12MP/5MP (ultrawide/depth) secondaries.

There is a small chance that the device will see use outside of South Korea but if it does, it’s likely to be rebranded the Samsung Galaxy A82. There’s no timeline on when or if, so we’ll be keeping an eye out for that one. The device launches in South Korea on 23 April this year.

Source: The Verge


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