MTS launches Android phone with Russian positioning technology GLONASS

As reported earlier by us, MTS launched the first Android smartphone with Russian positioning technology GLONASS. Dubbed as MTS Glonass 945, it has been manufactured by Chinese OEM ZTE.

Along with GLONASS, this smartphone also support traditional GPS. Russia has been developing GLONASS — its answer to the U.S.-Air Force operated GPS — since 1976. Having spent $2 billion in the last 10 years, it is expected to provide a comparable service to GPS next year.

MTS 945 is currently available at MTS’ monobrand stores in Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as at the company’s online store for 10,990 rubles.

It features is an Android 2.2 , ARMv7 Qualcomm MSM 7230 processor, 3.2-inch 240 × 400 touchscreen, 2 megapixel camera, expandable to 16 GB memory, GPS, 802.11b/g and Wi-Fi.

Right now, Glonass doesn’t yet have enough satellites to provide positioning information worldwide, so don’t wait for it outside Russia as of now.


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