If you are going off the grid, especially to areas that are harsher than the usual urban settings (such as an oil rig, for example), you are going to need more than just a smartphone with satellite add-on. Even a satellite phone won’t be suffice. What you need is the power of smartphone and satellite phone combined, like the Thuraya X5-Touch Satellite Smartphone.
Thuraya X5-Touch Satellite Smartphone is the world’s first Android satellite smartphone that supports LTE and GSM, and of course, satellite communication with ‘Always On’ function. Dual SIM support allows for both terrestrial and satellite network to be connected simultaneously, so you’d have a seamless communication no matter where you are. Well, almost anywhere. But with coverage over 160 countries, Thuraya X5-Touch should have you covered.
Other details include a wet fingers and glove-friendly 5.2-inch FHD touchscreen LCD, Corning Gorilla Glass, omnidirectional antenna, front and rear cameras, built-in navigation and tracking applications, GPS, Beidou, GLONASS, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, Expandable memory slot (microSD card slot), an user assignable one-touch SOS button (in striking red, if we may add), and a ruggedized built that is IP67 rated and compliance with MIL-STD-810 G/F.
Out-of-the-box, Thuraya X5-Touch Satellite Smartphone comes pre-installed with Android 7.1.2 Nougat and this being an Android phone, it also opens you to the world of Android apps, which means endless usage and customization possibilities. Oddly though, Thuraya did not disclose what processor the device uses, nor the size of the memory and storage.
Even the cameras’ resolution are not known. But you know how it is with these kind of industrial-orientated gadgets; a lot details are often omitted, including the pricing. If you find the need for such a device, you have to touch base with Thuraya for more details.
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