Reports suggest that Samsung could be set to add satellite connectivity to its next range of Android flagships.
Samsung’s next generation of flagship Android devices could support satellite connectivity similar to that introduced in the iPhone 14, according to new reports.
The company is said to be working with the US-based satellite communications company Iridium to deliver the technology, and it could feature in the upcoming Galaxy S23 range.
Satellite Communications in the S23
The story was first reported by the Korean news outlet ETNews (via Ice Universe on Twitter). It says that Samsung is looking to join Apple and Huawei in offering satellite communications on its devices, and has been working on it for two years.
The company is working in conjunction with Iridium, which offers voice and data communications via 66 low-orbit satellites.
If supported in Galaxy phones, the technology would be able to be used for sending text messages as well as small images. That would put it beyond the iPhone’s offering, which is largely limited to sending important data via text to rescuers in emergency situations.
Of course, satellite tech is a fairly niche addition to a smartphone and only comes into use in areas where you have no mobile or Wi-Fi coverage. And while Iridium’s network covers the whole globe, there’s no guarantee that the service would be available to everyone immediately. The iPhone’s satellite system, for instance, is only available in the US and Canada.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed the report, or indeed those on any other feature of the upcoming devices. Still, if it’s true, it would be another cutting-edge piece of tech to join what looks like an increasingly impressive list of features in the Galaxy S23 devices that includes a 200MP resolution main camera and the much faster Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset.
The S23 Launches in Early 2023
The S23 series is shaping up to be a much bigger update than the last couple of generations have been. While those have been largely incremental, the class of 23 looks set to deliver on both features and performance. The phones are expected to be announced early in 2023.