Motorola has launched its new rugged smartphone, the Defy. Successor to the Defy (2021), it brings two-way satellite messaging for the first time in the lineup. Alongside it, Motorola has also launched the Defy Satellite Link device. The Lenovo-owned company has partnered with Bullit Group, a British phone manufacturer to unveil these new products. Let’s get into the specs, features, and expected price of the Motorola Defy 2 and Defy Satellite Link in Nepal.
Motorola Defy 2 Rugged Smartphone:
No prize for guessing, the Motorola Defy 2 boasts a robust design. The phone bags a Mil-STD-810H certification like its predecessor, which proves its sturdiness and durability in extremely high and low-temperature environments, salt mist conditions, humid scenarios, vibration, and tumble tests. It can withstand extreme temperatures (-30°C/-22°F to 75°C/167°F) for up to 24 hours.
The Defy 2 is also sand, dirt, dust, and waterproof with IP68 and IP69K ratings. The company has claimed its endurance against drops and falls, from the height of 1.8 meters. Furthermore, the device can be sanitized with cleaning alcohol or soap and water. Even, the external surface of the rugged phone is antibacterial and antimicrobial, thanks to Bullitt’s Hygiene+ technology.
Two Way Satellite Connectivity
One of the key highlights of the phone is its two-way satellite connectivity. Motorola has integrated a NTN (direct-to-device) service based on 3GPP standards into the handset to send and receive messages via satellite, making it the first commercial phone to do so.
With this, the Defy 2 will provide continuous international coverage over existing, well-established infrastructure. Surprisingly, you can use this service to send messages to any smartphone, even if their device does not support satellite connectivity. The message will be delivered to those individuals via SMS. While for reply, they need to download Bullitt Satellite Messenger app.
The messages uses Unicode encoding which includes all writing systems and the text size is limited to 140KB at max. Such satellite messages can be attached with the user’s location as well.
However, the service isn’t free! Bullit has also revealed the subscription plan for two-way satellite messaging. Beginning at $5/€5 a month, the basic plan caters to up to 30 messages. With a premium plan for $30/€30, users can send 400 messages a month.
On top of that, there is free SOS assistance for one year and 24/7 access to emergency response centers provided by FocusPoint International. The company has planned to cover Europe and North America in Q1, 2023. After that, it will expand to Australia & New Zealand, Latin America, and Africa. The rest of the regions will be covered by the end of the year, as per Bullit.
The Defy 2 sports a 6.6” FHD+ display with 2408 x 1080 pixels and a 20:9 aspect ratio. The IPS LCD screen also comes with a 120Hz fast refresh rate. And the touchscreen is usable with wet hands and gloves as well. Moreover, it is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and boasts a 400PPI.
Running at the core is a MediaTek Dimensity 930 5G chipset. This 6nm Octa-core SoC equips two cortex A-78 cores at 2.2GHz and six cortex A-55 cores at 2.0GHz. For graphics, there is an IMG BXM-8-256 GPU. The chip is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage.
Talking of the software, it still runs on Android 12 but Motorola has promised Android 13 & 14 updates. Additionally, the rugged smartphone will get 5 years of security updates and emergency SMR updates for 2 years.
The phone houses a triple camera setup. There is a 50MP main lens followed by an 8MP ultrawide sensor and a 2MP macro unit. On the front, you get an 8MP front camera for selfies and video calls.
Fueling this guy is a 5000mAh non-removable battery. It supports 15W wired charging and Qi charging as well. Likewise, there is a capacitive fingerprint reader on the rear side for biometrics.
Motorola Defy 2 Specifications:
- Display: 6.6″ Full HD+ panel, IPS LCD, 120Hz, Gorilla Glass Victus, Usable with wet fingers & Gloves
- Rear Camera: 50MP primary, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro
- Front Camera: 8MP (teardrop notch)
- Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 930 5G (6nm)
- Memory: 6GB RAM, 128GB storage (expandable)
- OS: Android 12 (2 years of update)
- Battery: 5000mAh, 15W wired charging, Qi Charging
- Connectivity: 5G, VoLTE, VoWi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, Type-C, NFC
- Protection: IP68, IP69K certification, MIL-SPEC 810H, -30°C to +75°C operable temperature
- Exclusive Features: Two Way Satellite Messaging, 12 months free SOS message, 24/7 access to emergency response centers by FocusPoint International
Motorola Defy Satellite Link:
Alongside the rugged phone, Motorola has also unveiled Defy Satellite Link. The device, as the name implies, provides satellite connectivity and can be connected to any Android/iOS device via Bluetooth. Like the Defy 2, it also passes through MIL-STD-810H testing and is IP68 certified.
There is physical SOS and location ‘Check In’ buttons allowing it to act as a standalone device for some functions. For an instance, it can send SOS messages without a smartphone. The LED lights indicate Automatic location check-in. Powering the device is a 600mAh battery ensuring multiple days of usage.
Motorola Defy 2 Price in Nepal and Availability
The official price of Motorola Defy 2 is USD 599. And its availability will begin from selected operators across North America, Latin America, and Canada, in Q2 2023. On the other hand, the Motorola Defy Satellite Link’s official price is USD 99. It will be available to purchase from April 2023. We can expect the Motorola Defy 2 price in Nepal to be NPR 95,999 and the Defy Satellite Link’s price to be NPR 14,999 if and when it launches here.
|Device||Price in the US||Price in Nepal (Expected)|
|Motorola Defy 2||USD 599||NPR 95,999|
|Motorola Defy Satellite Link||USD 99||NPR 14,999|