Thuraya Reveals First Satellite Phone With Android
Thuraya might not sound like a familiar brand name in the world of smartphones, but they’re actually active in the market for satellite phones. The brand from the United Arabic Emirates has presented the X5-Touch smartphone, the world’s first satellite smartphone with Android.
The X5-Touch can connect with both satellites as well as regular mobile networks. The technical specifications of the smartphone aren’t that remarkable, as the phone features a 5.2-inch display with Full Hd Resolution. It’s known that the device runs on Android, although the company does not specify which version of Google’s operating system.
Other specifications are scarce: we don’t know what system-on-a-chip will be used, for example, how much internal memory the X5-Touch has nor are there any camera details. The satellite phone is, however, pretty durable with an IP67 rating against water and dust, and the design is also shockproof.
According to Thuraya, the X5-Touch will be the first touchscreen and Android-based satellite phone on the market. The company is aiming towards people who constantly need to be connected, but often don’t have access or connection to a regular mobile network. That’s where the satellite connection comes in.
Satellite phones with Android and touchscreens are indeed a first, although other companies have created third-party solutions to add satellite functionality to regular smartphones.
Thuraya will release the X5-Touch later this year, but a price tag wasn’t revealed.