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MWC 2023: Cat S75 is capable of two-way satellite connection

MWC 2023: Cat S75 is capable of two-way satellite connection

The Cat brand belonging to the Bullitt Group is expanding its portfolio with a new durable smartphone. THE Cat S75 according to the manufacturer, the water-, dust-, and impact-resistant housing obtained by performing the IP68, IP69K and MIL-Spec 810H tests, which can withstand extreme temperatures, high humidity, salt air and fog, is made for survival. It is safe in water up to a depth of 5 meters, and you can drop it from a height of 1.8 meters without having to worry about whether it will break.

Cat S75 (source: Bullitt Group)

The device case is 171 x 80 x 11.9 millimeters, the phone weighs 268 grams. The display is 6.6” in 9:20 aspect ratio, with 120 Hz refresh rate and FHD+ (1080 x 2408 pixels) resolution. The Gorilla Glass protective glass contains silver ions, so it is harder for dirt to stick to it. There is a 5,000 mAh battery in the device housing, which can be charged with a 15 watt cable and Qi wireless charging is also provided in the device. The manufacturer provides 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space, which can be expanded with microSD.

There are three cameras on the back, a 50 MP main camera that can be used underwater, an 8 MP ultra-wide angle and a 2 MP macro auxiliary unit. There is also a fingerprint scanner on the back. An 8 MP camera works on the front panel. The operating system is Android 12, for which the manufacturer promises two major version updates and five years of security updates, but here the five years is a bit of a trick with the numbers, because quarterly security packages will come for at least three years, but after that, you will only receive emergency security patches for two years then S75.

(source: Bullitt Group) [+]

Finally, come the system chip and satellite communication. MediaTek Dimensity 930 (CPU: 2 x ARM Cortex-A78 at 2.2 GHz + 6 x ARM Cortex-A55 at 2 GHz, GPU: IMG BXM-8-256) works in the phone, it is a 5G capable SoC , in addition to which there is also the MediaTek chip using the MT6825 NTN (non-terrestrial network communication) technology (3GPP R17 NTN), which enables the Cat S75 to connect directly with satellites in geostationary orbit. The MT6825 chip will be presented at the MWC, along with the Cat S75 and the Motorola Defy 2, which is essentially the same device, but with a different name for the American market. Satellite communication requires the presence of the Bullitt Satellite Messenger package, this is the company’s own developed software, and it is available free of charge for any smartphone newer than iOS 14 or Android 10. To send a message, you need an NTN-capable device and a Bullitt Satellite Messenger subscription, but to receive it, all you have to do is download the program, and the receiving party will receive the message free of charge via SMS. The intelligent software switches to a satellite connection on the Cat S75 when cellular network or Wi-Fi service is unavailable. The advantage of two-way communication is that the sending party sends the message via a satellite connection, but the recipient receives it as a traditional SMS and can reply in this way, starting from the mobile network.

If there is no network, the two-way satellite connection in the S75 is given.
If there is no network, the two-way satellite connection in the S75 is given. (source: Bullitt Group) [+]

The Essential package of the Bullitt Satellite Messenger service is free for 3 months from the date of purchase of the phone, and a maximum of 30 satellite messages can be sent per month. Subscribers can also use the SOS Assist service free of charge for twelve months. This provides permanent access to emergency call centers operated by FocusPoint International. Packages providing direct satellite communication are available from 4.99 euros per month, but other packages are also available. The service and the free trial version are also available in Hungary.

The Cat S75 will be available for pre-order in Hungary at Extreme Digital and eMAG from the first of March, and will arrive at other partners and stores from the middle of March. The recommended retail price is HUF 259,990.

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