Russia to launch smartphones and tablets with Astra Linux in September


In September, Russia plans to launch the first commercial smartphones and tablets with the Astra Linux operating system.

These will be industrial devices, that are supposed to be of interest, including law enforcement agencies and large companies, thereby The plans of the company Mobile Inform Group to put the devices on sale were announced.

These devices that are preparing to be released in September, They belong to a class of industrial devices designed to operate in harsh environments.

Astra Linux prepares its version for smart devices

Details about the software have not yet been reported (except for the operating system), with the exception of its certification by the Ministry of Defense, the FSTEC and the FSB for the processing of information up to the degree of secrecy of "special importance".

Astra Linux is a Russian Linux distribution for both desktop and server computers developed to meet the needs of the Russian military, other armed forces, and intelligence agencies.

Provides data protection up to the level of "top secret" in Russia classified information grade. It has been officially certified by the Russian Defense Ministry, the Federal Export and Technical Control Service and the Federal Security Service.

It is not clear if the smartphone version will be based on the Debian environment with the Fly shell adapted for small touchscreens or under the Astra Linux brand.

Fly wrapper is a proprietary development based on the Qt framework. Available for Debian for mobile devices, GNOME mobile projects and the KDE Plasma mobile, developed for Librem 5, can also be adapted to the evolution.

Civil service, law enforcement agencies, energy, oil and gas, mining, transportation, manufacturing, etc. are planned for. become customers of the new devices. Astra Linux is in talks with other manufacturers.

While Rostelecom's Aurora (formerly Sailfish) is considered the only national mobile operating system, Kaspersky Lab is also developing in this direction.

The devices that are planned to launch with Aurora at the moment are only focused on "serving the officials."

The option to transfer 1.4 million officials by the end of 2021 was discussed, which would have required costs in the amount of 38 billion rubles.


Although one of Aurora's shortcomings, experts previously called a small number of applications.

At the same time, in Russia there is a demand from the state sector and large companies for mobile solutions that are independent of foreign technologies since many officials and senior officials express that:

"They are unsafe and, as recent events have shown, they are unsustainable with sanctions"


Regarding the hardware components that are planned to be introduced In smart devices with Astra Linux, it is known that for smartphones MIG C55AL will be equipped with:

  • A 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 * 1080 (MIG T8AL and MIG T10AL tablets, respectively, 8 and 10 inches)
  • One Qualcomm SDM632 1.8 Ghz SoC processor, 8 cores
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64GB ROM
  • A 4000mAh battery
  • Battery life is set at 10-12 hours at a temperature of –20 ° C to + 60 ° C and for four to five hours at a temperature of –30 ° C.
  • Protection class IP67 / IP68 can withstand a 1.5 meter drop to concrete.

Finally, this movement by Russia is clear that it intends to give a guideline to what is happening with the Huawei movement, since with the problems that have arisen with Trump and Huawei.

This has made it clear that a smart device manufacturer that has problems with the USA or especially with the current president of the United States "Trump" can be sanctioned and carry all the repercussions that Huawei is going through.

In addition to the fact that the part of distributing primarily to senior officials, the army and other areas of importance to Ruisa with their own system is very noticeable.

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