MOTOROLA has unveiled the world’s first Android phone with two-way satellite messaging — the MOTOROLA Defy 2, which costs $599.
The new device is being built in collaboration with Bullitt Group, a UK handset maker that has been working with Mediatek and Skylo, a satellite network infrastructure company, to develop two-way satellite communications technology for the past two years.
The new feature allows the phone to seamlessly switch between cellular, Wi-Fi and satellite connections, and Bullitt’s messaging system will turn on satellite communications if the phone cannot connect over Wi-Fi or cellular networks.
In core features, MOTOROLA Defy 2 is powered by a Mediatek Dimensity 930 chip with 6+128GB of storage and a 6.6-inch FHD+ drip screen with a 120Hz refresh rate.
In addition, the phone has 50MP+8MP+2MP triple camera rear, 8MP selfie lens front, built-in 5000mAh battery, 15W charging support, military grade Mil-Spec 810H durability certification, and support IP68, IP69K protection.
MOTOROLA has also launched a Defy Satellite Link accessory that allows any Android phone or iPhone to support satellite communications.
Defy Satellite Link is equipped with a Mediatek chip and 600mAh battery. Other features include eSIM, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Bluetooth 5.1 and more.
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For rates, MOTOROLA will offer an annual subscription plan (starting at $149, or about 1,030 yuan) that allows users to send and receive up to 30 two-way messages and SOS assistance per month.