Thuraya is known for its wide range of mobile phones with satellite connectivity. Now, the company has launched the first smartphone with satellite connectivity based on Android, Google’s mobile operating system. This means the device brings Android features and will be similar to the most smartphones in the market.
Thuraya X5-Touch is the name of the new smartphone with satellite connectivity, which on the other hand is a mobile like any other in its features and functions. The device features a 5.2-inch IPS touchscreen, with thick edges and a 16:9 aspect ratio at full HD resolution. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor, which is one of the most popular in the mid-range smartphone segment. It is accompanied by 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage, expandable by microSD cards.
Thuraya X5-Touch has an 8-megapixel primary camera in the back, while the front is 2 megapixels. The battery capacity of the smartphone is 3,800mAh, being one of the most capable in the market. The smartphone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat, which is two versions behind Google’s latest operating system, Android 9 Pie, and there is no official date if the device would ever get any software update.
Thuraya X5-Touch has a weight of 262 grams, as well as being IP67 water resistant and getting MIL-STD-810 military grade certification to survive extreme shock and weather-environments. The smartphone also comes with NFC, GPS, BeiDou, and GLONASS support. It has a large retractable antenna to make calls via satellite, so in places where there is no coverage for cellular networks, users can talk through the satellite connection. While it is also possible to do it through the traditional 2G/3G and 4G networks thanks to the device always on dual-SIM functionality.
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The Thuraya X5-Touch smartphone is priced at $999 (around Rs 71,000) and will go on sale in 160 countries, although it has not been specified if India is one of them. It will be available in the month of December this year in some regions, while other countries will get the device by the end of January 2019.