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UAE’s Thuraya Launches X5-Touch, World’s Smallest Satellite Phone

Thuraya’s X5-Touch Satellite Phone. Image courtesy of Thuraya.

UAE’s Thuraya Telecommunications Company has announced the launch of its X5-Touch satellite phone, the world’s smallest, in its attempt to become a market leader in the satellite communications user market.

The Thuraya X5-Touch is the first Android-based satellite and GSM phone in the industry. The new device is aimed at users who frequently move in and out of terrestrial coverage, as well as at a range of market sectors including government missions, energy projects, enterprise communications, and non-government organisations (NGO) deployments.

Features include full dual-mode and dual-SIM capability, as well as a 5.2” full HD touchscreen and a Gorilla® glass display. It also boasts a high-capacity battery for extended talk time and standby time, a built-in SOS button and a front and rear camera.

“Today Thuraya reached a new milestone by introducing another innovative and groundbreaking product to the MSS market,” said Ahmed Al Shamsi, acting Chief Executive Officer at Thuraya. “Building on the heritage of a long line of successful satellite phones, this new development focuses primarily on delivering a unique and more interactive experience to our customers … It complements the ‘Bring Your Own Application’ (BYOA) concept, [wherein] customers have the flexibility to download any App of their choice, thereby breaking the paradigm and revolutionizing the way the satellite handset will be used.”

The Thuraya X5-Touch is equipped with GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou systems for advanced navigation and tracking functions, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Near-Field Communications (NFC). It also has an omni-directional satellite antenna on the Thuraya X5-Touch ensures uninterrupted communications, offering seamless walk-and-talk functionality even in satellite mode.

“The Thuraya X5-Touch is a game changer and a big step forward in design and functionality placing it in a league of its own,” said Alexander Lachner, Director of Voice Services at Thuraya.

Thuraya’s comprehensive satellite network provides communications in more than 160 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The X5-Touch will be available later this year.

Based in Dubai, Thuraya Telecommunications Company is a Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator and global telecommunication provider.

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