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Thuraya wants us to get rid of the problems we face when there is no network on our cell phones unless you don't own a satellite phone. Well, we might have a solution now. Thuraya has announced the industry first Android satellite phone dubbed X5-Touch which is both a satellite and a GSM-powered smartphone.
With the new X5-Touch, users will be able to easily switch between a satellite connection and a GSM connection. A widget on the home screen lets the users know which connection the phone is using for its data feed. Additionally, since the device runs on Android, satellite phone users will be able to take advantage of the Google Play Store.
Thuraya is yet to reveal the specification of the X5-Touch, but it did mention that the smartphone is IP67 certified and has a high capacity battery, and even has an inbuilt SOS button. It also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC connectivity options.
Thuraya also expects that the Android developers will create specific apps for the new satellite smartphone. There's no confirmation on when the device will hit the shelves, but if you are planning a trip an uncharted territory, you would still be able to check your social media handle.
This isn't the first time a company has launched a smartphone with different functionality. Recently, Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) showcased a prototype foldable AMOLED display, giving us an idea what the future holds for foldable smartphones.
The prototype can be seen in a video and while it's evident that the device is far from finished, ITRI says the display is "rapidly approaching commercial standards."
One of the biggest concerns that surround the development of foldable panels is the durability. Previously Samsung's mobile chief DJ Koh mentioned that the durability is the biggest block of its first foldable smartphone. ITRI seems to have taken care of this issue, as the display can stand up against a kilo of "steel wool friction over 50,000 times."
The fold-resistant are said to be foldable up to 2,00,000 times. If you do the math, the average millennial checks their phones 150 times a day on an average, which means the device is good enough to work for at least four years.