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MWC 2024: Skyphone, the satellite smartphone, has arrived

MWC 2024: Skyphone, the satellite smartphone, has arrived

It also makes voice calls via terrestrial and satellite networks.

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Although mobile network coverage in Hungary is excellent, so it's difficult to get lost in a place where you can't even make an emergency call (but not impossible), it's reassuring that our phone can also communicate with two-way satellites. Many devices from Apple, CAT and Ulefone are suitable for this purpose, but only for SMS, and those who specifically want to make satellite voice calls must purchase a satellite phone.


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The Middle East is precisely the type of terrain where the latter capabilities might be needed among larger settlements, and Abu Dhabi-based Yahsat has launched satellites based solely on these needs. Thuraya satellites are also part of Yahsat, and the latter brand will carry over to the upcoming MWC, which was announced today. SkyphoneIt is an integrated smartphone with Android 14, SMS and satellite chat capabilities and also connects to 2G/3G/4G/5G terrestrial networks with D2D and 150M capabilities in EMEA, South America and Australia in the country.


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On the mobile side, Thuraya has 370 international partners, including the three major Hungarian providers, and the form, when the satellite antenna is cleverly retracted into the IP67 dust-resistant and water-resistant casing, is a truly traditional smartphone with a drop-shaped camera design, with an AMOLED display. It measures 6.67 inches with FHD+ resolution and is equipped with a Gorilla Glass protection layer.


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Regarding the specifications, the manufacturer is silent: the only thing that has been revealed about the device is that it is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm chipset with Kryo processor cores, which could mean a fair number of variants, and it should also be so. Full of information that there is one camera on the front and three on the back.

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The press images look a bit lax on the coffee front, however, the Skyphone will be on display at the Mobile World Conference, so we can get a closer look and get more specifications. We expect pricing and availability at MWC as soon as possible, but we're not ruling out local distribution.

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