According to new reports, Samsung’s next-generation flagship Android device may support satellite connectivity similar to the one introduced in the iPhone 14.
The company is purportedly working with U.S.-based satellite communications company Iridium to deliver the technology, which could play a role in the upcoming Galaxy S23 series.
Satellite Communications in the S23
The story was first reported by the South Korean news outlet ETNews (via Ice Universe on Twitter). It says Samsung wants to join Apple and Huawei in offering satellite communications on their devices and has been working on it for two years.
The company is working with Iridium, which provides voice and data communications through 66 low-orbit satellites.
If supported by Galaxy phones, the technology will be able to be used to send text messages as well as small pictures. That would put it beyond the iPhone’s offerings, which are mostly limited to sending vital data to rescuers via text in emergency situations.
Of course, satellite technology is a fairly niche addition to smartphones and is only used in places where you don’t have mobile or Wi-Fi coverage. While Iridium’s network covers the globe, there is no guarantee that the service will be immediately available to all. For example, the iPhone’s satellite system is only available in the United States and Canada.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed this report or those other features about the upcoming device. If that’s true, though, it would be another cutting-edge technology that joins the list of features that look increasingly impressive in the Galaxy S23 device, including a 200,000-megapixel main camera and a much faster Snapdragon 8th-generation chipset.
The S23 was launched in early 2023
The S23 series is forming a bigger update than previous generations. While those phones are largely incremental, Level 23 phones look set to break through in both functionality and performance. The phones are expected to be announced in early 2023.