IT-brand Thuraya has added another novelty to its collection - it is the Thuraya X5-Touch satellite phone controlled by the Android system. The UAE company specializes in the market of Internet and satellite telephony services in the European and Central Asian territories, as well as in Australia and African countries. For the brand, this is the debut release of an Android-based phone, and in world statistics, the device became the first Android-smartphone with satellite communications.
The announced Android smartphone X5-Touch received a 5.2-inch IPS touch screen and support for Full HD images, two cameras: a front 2 MP and a main 8 MP, a 3800 mAh battery. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor with 2GB and 16GB of RAM and 16GB respectively.
The phone is equipped with Android 7 Nougat - the seventh version of the 2016 Android mobile system. Despite the smaller screen and battery compared to modern flagship devices, the Thuraya Android satellite smartphone weighs more than 0.262 kg. The body of the device is designed according to the international class of the standard of protection against dust and moisture penetration. The phone's resistance to external factors (shocks, drops) is confirmed by the military standard MIL-STD-810.
The announced satellite phone Thuraya X5-Touch supports the operation of two SIM cards simultaneously, one of which provides satellite communications, the other is designed for standard mobile 2G, 3G and 4G networks. The phone has a retractable antenna for making calls via a satellite channel. The X5-Touch has support for NFC contactless technology, GPS navigation systems, GLONASS and the Chinese BeiDou.
The approximate cost of a smartphone is 999 British pounds. The manufacturer plans to start mass production next month, and the first release early next year.
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