Samsung has partnered with SK Telecom to launch the Galaxy A Quantum. It is a 5G smartphone, whose main attraction is the quantum random number generation (RNG) chipset that it contains to improve security.
In an SK Telecom press release, the company revealed, “The quantum random number generation chipset helps smartphone users to safely use services by generating unpredictable and seamless pure random numbers.”
The new smartphone appears to be a variant of the Galaxy A71 5G with an Exynos 980 5G chipset, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. The phone has a large 6.7-inch Full HD + screen with a front hole for the camera. At the rear, there is a quad-camera setup and a 4,500mAh battery on board.
The quantum RNG chip has a CMOS image sensor to detect photons, this being the basis used for generating random numbers used in encryption algorithms. The chip comes into play when the user first connects to the operator account on the device. The network then undergoes Quantum-based OTP authentication.
The Galaxy A Quantum chip can also be used as a secure store for storing personal documents such as insurance documents, graduation certificates, etc. to avoid falsifications and alterations. In addition, the quantum RNG chip will be used in the future together for mobile payments along with biometrics in real-world merchants.
As for pricing and availability, the Galaxy A Quantum will be available for preorder May 15-21 in South Korea. Official sales will begin on May 22 at a price of 649,000 won (~ € 489).