Thuraya Telecommunications has launched the industry's first Android satellite smartphone, with an SOS button.
(CCM) — The world's first Android satellite phone has been officially rolled out by Thuraya Telecommunications. The phone, called the Thuraya X5-Touch, was unveiled at a conference in Dubai and is aimed at consumers who travel to remote destinations that are out of terrestrial phone coverage.
The Thuraya X5-Touch features a 5.2-inch FHD display with Gorilla Glass protection, an IP67 durability rating, and scratch resistance. Thuraya claims that the X5-Touch is, by far, the most rugged phone in the Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) industry, and it also abides by MSL standard. Additionally, it has an SOS button, which makes it an advanced satellite phone.
Under the hood, the phone comes with support for dual-mode and dual-SIM for 2G, 3G, and 4G. Other features on the Thuraya X5-Touch include BeiDou, GPS, Glonass, WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC support. On the software front, the satellite phone, which can have both satellite and terrestrial modes enabled simultaneously, also doubles as a regular smartphone and runs various Android apps. The company has not specified the Android version that it runs. Battery information on the phone has also not yet been revealed by the company, but it did claim that it carries a high-capacity battery. The company has yet to reveal its pricing and availability.
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