Motorola and Bullitt Group launched the Motorola Defy 2 and CAT S75 smartphones with built-in two-way satellite messaging. Both devices allow for subscription to a satellite communication plan that allows users to send and receive satellite messages, including text messages, and location sharing details. The devices are also composed of military-grade finishes that can withstand high-impact beatings. Both devices feature a 6.6-inch 120Hz display, MediaTek Dimensity 930 chip, 5000mAh battery, and 50MP triple cameras.
Price and Availability
The Motorola Defy 2 and CAT S75 smartphones are priced at US$599 / £549. The Motorola Defy 2 will cater to the North American, Latin American and Canadian markets and include a 12-month subscription to the Essential plan. The CAT S75 smartphone is available in EMEA and includes a free three-month trial of Bullitt sEssentials service.
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The Essential package starts at $4.99, and you can receive 30 two-way messages and 12-month SOS emergency calls per month. There is also a $59.99 tier, which can provide 250 satellite-based messages and emergency response services per year.
The Motorola Defy 2 and CAT S75 smartphones feature MediaTek’s satellite-based two-way communication technology. The latter allows users to connect with other users even when cellular and Wi-Fi services are unavailable. They support the first satellite-based direct-to-device messaging service for Android phones called Bullitt Satellite Messenger. The service uses 3GPP-defined standards. 3GPP is used to refer to various standards used to develop mobile telecommunications protocols.
MediaTek’s MT6825, a standalone chipset based on the 3GPP NTN standard, can be integrated into flagship smartphones to provide a seamless satellite communication experience. It can be connected to geosynchronous orbit (GEO) satellites and can be easily converted to 3GPP NTN standard satellite network. The MediaTek MT6825 allows devices to automatically receive information from satellites, unlike competing solutions that require users to manually check information, providing a seamless satellite communication experience.
The company is also working on a 24/7 SOS rescue service via satellite communication. The satellite communications system will be launched in Europe and North America, followed by Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Latin America. Other regions will be added in the future.
The Motorola Defy 2 and CAT S75 smartphones come with the same hardware and software. They sport 6.6-inch 120Hz FHD+ displays covered with Gorilla Glass Victus. Under the hood, the phones house the MediaTek Dimensity 930 chip and run on the Android 12 system. The companies also committed to providing software support for up to two years. The devices use a 5000mAh battery with 15W charging.
The rear camera includes a 50MP main sensor, an 8MP wide-angle lens, and a 2MP macro shooter. The front-facing camera has an 8MP resolution sensor. The Motorola Defy 2 and CAT S75 smartphones support IP68 and IP69K degrees of protection.
Not only that, Motorola has also introduced a Defy Satellite Link accessory that allows any Android phone and iPhone to support satellite communications.
The Defy Satellite Link is equipped with a MediaTek chip and a 600mAh battery. Other functions include eSIM, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Bluetooth 5.1, etc.