Samsung Galaxy S23 family rumored to have satellite communication functions

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Samsung seems ready to take some inspiration from Apple again and follow in the US company’s footsteps when it comes to bringing satellite communications to smartphones. Apple has its Emergency SOS feature that works via satellite on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro lines, which works through a partnership with Globalstar, and Samsung is now said to be working with Iridium to bring satellite communications to the Galaxy S23 family.

Iridium is a 66-strong low earth orbit satellite constellation that provides voice and data services. Samsung has been working to overcome the technical challenges of bringing satellite communications to smartphones for the past two years, and it looks like it’s finally succeeded – because with the launch of the Galaxy S23 family, rumors say you’ll be capable of sending text messages and small images (in hundreds of kbps) via satellite.

As you might expect if you’ve ever seen a dedicated satellite phone, the main challenge was to miniaturize the antenna so that it can fit into a regular smartphone without doubling its size.

Samsung doesn’t expect this feature to take off on their home turf in Korea, as the land area there is small and it’s very well covered with 5G service, but think it could be a real hit in North and South America, Europe, Russia and China, especially in the parts where the infrastructure is not very well developed.

According to previous leaks and rumors, the Galaxy S23 family will exclusively use a higher-end version of Qualcomm’s recently revealed Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, and the launch will take place in the first week of February.

Source (in Korean)

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