People who are traveling a lot are usually forced to switch SIM cards and/or phones pretty often, but that doesn't help when there's no coverage at all, so that's where Thuraya's solution comes into play. According to Thuraya, the X5-Touch is world's first Android satellite smartphone.
The device is aimed at customers who frequently move in and out of terrestrial coverage across, so it makes a perfect tool for those working in the government, energy projects, enterprise communications, and NGOs.
The phone comes with two-SIM card slots and with dual-active mode that has the ability to have both its satellite and GSM (2G, 3G, or 4G) modes “always on” simultaneously. A dedicated SOS button is included as well, along with a range of connectivity features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication).
Thuraya X5-Touch probably runs Android Nougat (there's no mention of Oreo) and sports a 5.2-inch display with full HD (1080p) resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass coating. Thuraya claims the X5-Touch is the most rugged phone in the MSS industry with an IP67 standard for full dust and water protection. It also complies with MIL standard.
There's no mention of the battery capacity, but Thuraya says the smartphone packs a “high-capacity battery for extended talk time and standby time
.” We have yet to learn when it will be available for purchase and for how much.