Geely Chairman’s Venture to Launch World’s First Consumer Smartphone Connected to LEO Satellite

On September 5, Hubei Xingji Technology Co., Ltd., a venture founded by automaker Geely’s Chairman Eric Li, announced that it would promote low-earth-orbit satellite (LEO satellite) communication technology, launching the world’s first consumer-grade smartphone directly connected to LEO satellites in the future. The smartphone can guarantee unbounded communication between consumers, whether they are in deserts, deep seas, jungles or other uninhabited places, realizing real, full-scenario and global communication coverage.

Wang Yong, the CEO of Xingji Technology, is an expert in the communication industry. He revealed in a media interview that the firm’s products will be launched as soon as next year, bringing about a brand-new interactive design called “Multimodal Bionic Interactive Design.” In the future, products such as LEO satellite-connected smartphones, AR glasses and smart cars will be integrated, bringing users an immersive experience of seamless and unbounded connection.

Wang said that since the 3G era, the way people obtain information and communicate has changed from calls on smartphones to “scrolling through” smartphones. It can be said that touch interaction has led to this key change. In the next decade, due to the rapid growth of demand for multi-device intelligent convergence experiences, a new method of information display and interaction is needed.

Xingji Technology wants to grab this opportunity. It is focused on the R&D of a new generation of intelligent terminal products, including LEO satellite-connected smartphones, AR glasses, smart cars and so on. It aims to integrate these technologies, bringing people a new immersive experience and realizing convergence between the physical and digital worlds.

Therefore, Xingji Technology has put forward a technology that can realize global coverage and multi-terminal interconnection through 5G, LEO satellite communication and near-field communication (NFC), so that people will never lose contact. LEO satellites can provide a wide-coverage, high-speed, stable and low-delay integrated communication channel for full-scenario services.

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Xingji Technology was founded by Eric Li, Chairman of Geely Holding Group, in Wuhan, China’s Hubei Province on September 26 last year. It is committed to the R&D of high-end smartphones, XR technology products and wearable smart terminal products and ecological construction. On September 2, the venture and Hubei Xingji MEIZU Holding Co., Ltd. were established in Wuhan. In addition, a new mobile intelligent device R&D center of Xingji  Technology will start construction and is expected to be put into use in April 2023.

On July 4 this year, Xingji Technology and Chinese smartphone maker Meizu held a strategic investment signing ceremony in Hangzhou, officially announcing that Xingji Technology holds 79.09% of the controlling shares in Meizu, thereby gaining independent control.