Starlink Mini a More Affordable and Portable Satellite Internet

Andreas Rivera
Jun 18, 2024
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Following a week of speculation, SpaceX has unveiled the Starlink Mini, a new and even more portable version of the Starlink “Dishy”. This new device, nearly half the size of the current Standard Starlink dish, has built-in Wi-Fi, making it the first version not to require an external router. What's more, it’s confirmed that the hardware and internet subscription will be much more affordable.

A document on Starlink's API confirms the specifications, indicating that the new dish measures 11.4 inches by 9.8 inches (roughly the size of a small laptop), while the Standard dish is 23.4 inches by 15.07 inches. 

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk confirmed the existence of the Mini on X, indicating that its release is imminent and, like the size, the price will be halved. 

“I just set it up right now and am writing this post through space,” Musk wrote. “Took less than 5 mins. Easily carried in a backpack. This product will change the world.”

While pricing, average speeds, and release date have yet to be announced, Musk indicated that it will be about half the price of the Standard ($250–$300 with $60 per month service) and powerful enough for high-quality streaming. 

Early Starlink customers have shared on Reddit that they have received invites to be the first to purchase the Mini for $599 and Mini Roam service for $30 per month. It's unknown if this will be the final price when it's widely released.

The only hint of the Mini on Starlink’s website or app is a category in the shop for Starlink Mini, which is currently empty but does feature a first look at the device. Its appearance resembles the V4 Standard dish, which features a kickstand. The specification document confirms it has built-in Wi-Fi 5 and an ethernet port. It includes a DC power cable and supply and can also be fitted with a pipe adaptor for permanent mounting. As of publishing, it’s unknown if it will be compatible with Starlink’s other service tiers like Mobile and Priority.

This news comes a week after Starlink quietly reduced the price of its Standard kit by $100 nationwide and offered even more significant discounts in select U.S. states.

We will continue updating this story as more information about the Starlink Mini is released.

Andreas Rivera
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Andreas Rivera is a lifelong writer with a decade-spanning career in journalism and marketing. He comes to with several years of experience writing about business and technology. His passion for researching the latest advancements in tech, especially the now essential need for reliable internet access, fuels his goal of educating others about how these innovations affect and improve our everyday lives. When not researching and writing about, you’ll likely find him buried in a good book or enjoying the great outdoors with a fishing rod.