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SK Telecom, Samsung unveil 5G smartphone with quantum-safe crypto solution

Consumer Electronics 09:07 May 14, 2020

SEOUL, May 14 (Yonhap) -- SK Telecom Co., South Korea's largest mobile carrier, on Thursday introduced a 5G smartphone highlighting quantum-safe cryptography solution in cooperation with Samsung Electronics Co.

The Galaxy A Quantum will be the world's first 5G smartphone with quantum random number generator (QRNG) chipset that ensures better mobile communication security, according to SK Telecom.

The QRNG chip, developed by SK Telecom's Switzerland-based subsidiary ID Quantique, generates random numbers based on quantum crypto technology, which creates strong keys that are not biased and cannot be predicted, the company said, thus strengthening the security of data transmission.

South Korea's largest mobile carrier said Galaxy A Quantum users will be able to experience its quantum crypto solution in services that require identification and certification, which includes mobile payment application.

The Galaxy A Quantum comes with a quad-rear camera setup with a 6.7-inch display and a 4,500mAh battery.

The price of the handset has been set at 649,000 won (US$530) in South Korea, according to SK Telecom. Pre-orders will open on Friday before its official launch on May 22.

In this photo provided by SK Telecom Co. on May 14, 2020, models promote the Galaxy A Quantum smartphone with QRNG chipset. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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