Thuraya X5-Touch is the world’s smallest Android-based satellite smartphone

The satellite phone has been launched in 160 countries and will be available starting next month.

Thuraya, a Russian company dedicated to manufacturing satellite phones, has launched its latest model, and the phone is setting new records now. Called the X5-Touch, the smartphone is the world’s smallest satellite Android smartphone.

The Thuraya X5-Touch features a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS touchscreen display, with Gorilla Glass on top for protection. Under the hood, it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, with 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable storage. The camera sensors on the phone are fairly basic, with an 8 MP sensor at the back, and a 2 MP selfie snapper.

Thuraya X5-Touch

Thuraya X5-Touch

Fuelling the satellite phone is a 3,800 mAh battery, and it runs Android 7.1 Nougat for some reason.

Aesthetics-wise, you can probably tell that the phone weighs heavy, and to be precise it’s 262g. The X5-Touch is water and dust resistant, with IP67 rating. It also has MIL-STD-810 certification for being able to withstand extreme conditions.

For connectivity, the X5-Touch has NFC on board and it supports navigation through GPS, BeiDou and GLONASS. For satellite calls, it sports a retractable antenna on the top edge. The phone has always-on dual-SIM functionality with one SIM working on conventional 2G/3G/4G networks and the other dealing with satellites.

The new satellite smartphone has been launched in 160 countries around the world and costs £999, which is about Rs 91,000 according to the current rupee rate.

Thuraya says the phone will go on sale starting December and in January for some markets.

Tech2 is now on WhatsApp. For all the buzz on the latest tech and science, sign up for our WhatsApp services. Just go to Tech2.com/Whatsapp and hit the Subscribe button.





Top Stories


also see

science