* Motorola and Bullitt Group have launched two smartphones with two-way satellite messaging capabilities.
* The Motorola Defy 2 and CAT S75 can send and receive text messages via satellite communications.
* The robust devices get a 120Hz display, 5,000mAh battery and 50MP triple camera sensor.
Motorola Defy 2 is the world’s first smartphone to use Bullitt’s satellite messenger service, which includes not just advanced two-way satellite messaging, but also location sharing and SOS assistance.
The Defy 2 is one of Motorola’s most advanced 5G phones. First off, since it’s a rugged device, it’s been built to survive drops and falls.
In fact, Motorola claims the Defy 2 was lab and real-world tested to heights of up to 1.8 meters, including repeated drops onto a steel plate in every orientation, which seems quite impressive.
Moreover, the phone offers full protection against dust, sand, and dirt ingress, but it’s also highly waterproof. The Defy 2 was submersion tested to depths down to 5 meters and subjected to high pressure water jets, which qualified it for both IP68 and IP69K certifications.
But wait, there’s more! Motorola Defy 2 has been tested in high and low temperature extremes, in humid environments, and in salt mist conditions. It’s also been put through vibration and tumble tests.
If you want, you can wash it with soap and water, or even alcohol wipes without any issues.
Motorola and Bullitt Group have launched the Motorola Defy 2 and CAT S75 smartphones with built-in two-way satellite messaging capabilities.
Both devices can subscribe to a satellite communication plan that allows users to send and receive satellite messages that include text messages, location-sharing details, and check-ins.
The devices are also made up of military-grade finish levels and are designed to take a beating. Both the devices get a 6.6-inch 120Hz display, MediaTek Dimensity 930 chipset, a 5,000 mAh battery and a 50MP triple camera setup.
Motorola Defy, CAT S75 Price & Availability
The Motorola Defy 2 and CAT S75 smartphones have been launched at $599 (~ Rs 49,677) and £549 (~ Rs 54,386) respectively.
The Motorola Defy will cater to North American, Latin American, and Canadian markets and includes a 12-month subscription to the Essential plan.
The CAT S75 smartphone in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and includes a three-month free Bullitt’s Essentials service trial.
The Essential pack starts at $4.99 (~ Rs 414) and gets 30 two-way messages per month and SOS to assist for 12 months. There is also a $59.99 (~ Rs 4,975) plan that enables 250 satellite-based messages per year and the emergency response service.
Motorola Defy, CAT S275 Specifications
Specs-wise, Motorola Defy 2 sports a large 6.6-inch FHD+ display with 20:9 aspect ratio and 120Hz refresh rate.
On the inside, the phone packs a 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 930 processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB internal memory (expandable with microSD cards), and a massive 5,000 mAh battery.
The phone also includes a triple camera setup (50MP + 8MP + 2MP) and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Surprisingly, the Defy 2 will launch with Android 12 on board, but Motorola has already confirmed the phone will receive two OS updates and 5 years of security patches.
Now, what makes this phone stand out apart from its very durable built is Bullitt’s Satellite Messenger, which provides users of the Defy 2 with continuous coverage internationally over existing infrastructure.
Also, thanks to the new technology, users can message over satellite whenever they have a clear view of the sky.
The service users Defy 2’s hardware and the Bullitt Satellite Messenger app, to send messages.
First, the phone will attempt to connect via Wi-Fi or cellular, and if neither are found, it will automatically connect via satellite. Recipients who don’t have the Bullitt Satellite Messenger can still receive messages as a simple SMS, but they will have to download the app if they want to respond.
It’s also important to mention that the cost of messages sent or received over satellite will be deducted from the satellite messaging subscriber’s plan with no cost to the recipient.
Additionally, SOS Assist is available free for the first year at launch with the Motorola Defy 2 and is included in all plans. Customers interested can subscribe to Bullitt’s Satellite Messenger service for as low as $4.99 per month.
In related news, Motorola introduced the Defy Satellite Link, a Bluetooth accessory with an attachment loop that allows Android and iOS users to connect to the Bullitt Satellite Messenger service and make use of the app.
The Bluetooth accessory has a 600mAh battery and features Mil-Spec 810H certification. It’s also waterproof and dustproof with an IP68 rating.
Faqs on Motorola Defy 2
1) Motorola Defy, CAT S275 Satellite Services: how does it work?
Ans)The Motorola Defy and CAT S275 smartphones get a two-way satellite-based communication technology that allows users to establish contact with other users even when cellular services and Wi-Fi services are unavailable.
It gets the first satellite-based direct-to-device messaging service for Android phones, called the Bullitt Satellite Messenger.
This service is built using standards defined by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).
The 3GPP is a term used to refer to various standards that are used to develop mobile telecommunications protocols.
The communication is established using existing geostationary satellites. Users who do not have the Bullitt Satellite Messenger can respond to a text message by downloading an associated app service. The cost of the service is then billed to the sender using the satellite messaging system.
A 24/7 SOS assistance via satellite communication is also in the works. The satellite communication system will be available in Europe and North America at launch, followed by Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and Latin America. Other regions will be added in the future.
2) What are Motorola Defy, CAT S275 specifications ?
Ans) The Motorola Defy and CAT S275 smartphones are identical and hence run on the same hardware. This starts with a 6.6-inch 120Hz FHD+ display covered in Gorilla Glass Victus. Under the hood, there is an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 930 chipset and the device runs on Android 12.
The companies have also promised software support for up to two years. The device drives juice from a 5,000mAh battery pack that charges at 15W. The devices get a 50MP main camera sensor, an 8MP wide-angle shooter, and 2MP macro shooter. The front camera duties are handled by an 8MP shooter.
Both the Motorola Defy and CAT S275 smartphones IP68 and IP69K ingress protection.
3)What is the price of Motorola Defy 2?
Ans) Price-wise, the new Motorola Defy Satellite Link will be available for purchase sometime in Q2 2023 for $100. A bundle including 12 months subscription to the Essential Messaging service plan (up to 30 two-way messages per month and SOS Assist) will start at $150.
4)What is the availability of Motorola Defy 2?
Ans) Motorola announced that its new Defy 2 rugged smartphone will be available from Q2 2023 from selected carries across North America, Latin America, and Canada. It will sell for $600 outright, but the price also includes 12 months of SOS Assist
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