Meet Thuraya X5-Touch, world's first Android satellite smartphone

Meet Thuraya X5-Touch, world's first Android satellite smartphone
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.

source: PRNewswire



1. Xtraflossy

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 13, 2018

Where's the notch!? No notch no buy. That fps is in a horrible spot. Them Sony bezzles tho Carrier updates anywhere :) No wireless charging, I'll pass. I got ya'll covered ;D

5. cheetah2k

Posts: 2300; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

You missed the Android 4.4 launcher style. Doubt it'll be on Oreo anytime soon

2. Xenoniswireless

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 27, 2017


3. Not_Amused321

Posts: 66; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

**thumbs up** But bro it's the first satellite cell phone tho

4. alextheracer

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 22, 2017

Finally nice to see some innovation in the industry. I think that this would sell well to upper class tourists who like to explore and go offroading. They will always have emergency coverage with the convenience of a modern smartphone.

6. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I had invested in Terrestar but it went bankrupt when the economy crashed around 2008.

7. alextheracer

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 22, 2017

"runs windows mobile 6.5" well there's your problem. Besides, back was more expensive. Can't imagine how much it would've cost in 2018 dollars for the average consumer. Hope you made it through the crash allright!

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