You may have heard of them, or you may not have, but a name you’ll be hearing around the office soon is QSAlpha. They’re a company composed of internationally recognized pioneers in digital security, firmly believe in our right to privacy and the privacy of our data. So much so that they began to work together in order to bring to the world smartphone devices that would not only provide all of the expected features of such a device, but those that would do so securely and away from prying eyes. As more and more of our lives are transferred as bits and bytes of data across the planet, the ability of others to intercept and capitalize becomes more of a concern. As a firm believer that you and only you, own your data and that only you should determine who to grant access to it, I’ve been paying attention to the development of the Quasar IV.
1. What Makes it Secure?
The Quasar IV is described as a state of the art smartphone that safeguards the user’s digital identity with self-authenticated verification. Meaning that they use Quatrix, a self-authenticated, asymmetric encryption system that secures data exchanges between Quasar IV’s prior to them being sent. The Quatrix system’s asymmetric encryption includes three function modules that work together to authenticate exchanges. The Key Generation, Authentication (Signature Verification) and Data Encryption are performed in a peer to peer manner through the use of both private and user generated-public key’s, making online third-party agencies unnecessary.
2. What’s it Running On?
The Quasar IV ships out with QuaOS, a fusion of Android, Linux and the Quatrix trusted-authentication technology, preinstalled to safeguard your communication right out of the box. While QuaOS was developed by QSAlpha, it is based on Android 4.3. That’s right, JellyBean. While it’s not the latest release of Android, (4.4 – KitKat) it’s one that Developers have had time to work with and test. Also, while it may be based on Android, it is still very much powered by Quatrix.
3. Under the Hood – Specs
One of the Quasar IV’s most astonishing features is its 5 inch 1920×1080 display. Some may disagree, and instead choose the dual 10MP rear facing cameras that promote developers to integrate 3D and AR into their interfaces. Powering it all is an impressive Snapdragon 800 Quad-Core CPU that’s clocked at 2.3GHz. Get ready to email your mom, this thing is something you write to her about. App lag is not likely to be much of a problem considering the 3GB RAM spec, one more Gig than you’d get with the Galaxy S4. Oh yeah, I can’t forget this one, the expandable storage slot accepts card capacity up to 128GB, not just 64 like the average Joe’s of the market.
4. Secure Yet Stylish
Unlike some of the other smart devices that are targeted at the “more refined” gadget geek, the Quasar IV doesn’t have the fallback of appearing overly engineered. QSAlpha has done a great job of releasing a secure device that not only protects your data transfers, but also the hardware that it’s stored on without losing appealing visual aesthetic. Being a securely designed device, the Quasar IV doesn’t require a 3rd party case to customize your device, you can get it yours in Silver White, Matte Black or Gunmetal.
The Quasar IV is, without a doubt, very impressive. It’s impressive because it’s impressive for a multitude of reasons. It jumps deep down into my need to have it bag and pulls with the strength of one hundred and ten Battletoads. Not only is the Quasar IV a “secure” phone, (nothing is completely secure, nothing), but it’s also a speck nerd’s, not so dry, dream come true. While there has yet to be much of an influx of software that integrate AR very well, the idea of device manufacturers beginning to invest in supplying the hardware to us, may indicate that AR and/or Independent 3D films will be the next big thing in mobile. The smart thing to do would to get in early.