Samsung Galaxy S23 may borrow one of the important features of the iPhone 14


Samsung may choose one of the features from the iPhone 14 for its next flagship phone. A new report suggests that Samsung may equip the upcoming Galaxy S23 series phones with the satellite communication functionality that debuted on this year’s iPhones. Samsung has reportedly been working on satellite communication technology for the past two years, trying to iron out issues and overcome challenges.

According to ETNewsSamsung is working with Iridium to feature satellite communications on the Galaxy S23 phone. Iridium is a low-Earth orbit constellation consisting of 66 satellites, providing voice and data services. With the help of Iridium, Samsung is hoping to give users of the next flagship phone the ability to send text messages and low-quality images at Kbps-level speeds.

existing satellite communication technology

Apple introduced the Emergency SOS via Satellite feature for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models, allowing users to contact emergency services when they are stuck in an area with no network signal or any other way of telecommunication. Apple has partnered with Globalstar to provide satellite communication functionality on the iPhone 14 series. The feature is initially available for free to users in select countries like the US, but Apple plans to charge users later.

Chinese smartphone giant Huawei also launched its own satellite communication service, but it fares better in terms of operational efficiency. While Apple only lets users send rescue requests to emergency services, Huawei allows the use of Beidou satellites to send and receive limited text messages.

Samsung’s challenges

Regular satellite communications technology involves an antenna (RF) on a device for the transfer of voice and high-speed data. But this antenna is usually larger in size. The biggest technical challenge for satellite communications to work on phones is making the antenna small enough to fit inside the body of the phone.

Samsung may have overcome that challenge, but it is unclear what services it will provide to users of satellite communications technology. The company also reportedly doesn’t expect the feature to hit its home market, South Korea as the land area is smaller and the country has excellent 5G coverage. But it may prove successful in North and South America, China, Asia, Europe and Russia.

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