Inside a Special Forces Smartphone

Every aspect of the phone’s design is focused on maximum practicality, security and durability.


Samsung recently unveiled its Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition smartphone, which is only available in the U.S. and through special channels for Department of Defense operators and the federal government.

According to a report from Business Insider, every aspect of the phone’s design is focused on maximum practicality, which we’ll learn is definitely a relative term, as well as heightened security and durability.

An upgrade from the S9 model, the new device features such practical features as:

  • Hardline connection ports and embedded software for interfacing with tactical radios.
  • Cases, which run about $300 each, that are meant to not only protect the phone, but allow it to be used with other tactical equipment kits.
  • A Night Vision screen mode that works with the actual night vision googles to share information.
  • There’s also a Stealth Mode that disables all RF broadcasting for complete off-grid communications. So, users can receive and view information without drawing unwanted attention.
  • A 64 MP camera for taking photos or capturing 8k video on the AMOLED 2.0 display.
  • The ability to support drone feeds and range finders when performing reconnaissance missions.
  • A special button on the side for quick-launch mission applications.
  • A touchscreen that’s sensitive enough to be used with gloves – a feature that hopefully is not embedded in the functionality of the aforementioned “special button”.
  • Extra layers of encryption software for classified communication – which are in use even when the phone is turned off.
  • And finally, a secure telemedicine platform that allows medics to remotely monitor individual vital signs, and, if necessary, call for an evac.

And, I’m pretty sure it even makes phone calls.

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