Samsung is just months away from launching the Galaxy S23 series, and the company’s next-gen flagship is rumored to take note of the iPhone 14’s satellite connectivity, as well as the upgrade. of its fingerprint sensor.
In its latest iPhone 14 series, Apple introduced support for satellite connectivity. The feature just went live for users this month and enables global satellite access for emergencies when cellular networks are unavailable or unreliable.
The elect reports that Samsung is also looking to include satellite connectivity in the Galaxy S23.
Apparently Samsung’s take on this feature will be powered by a partner, Iridium. The company was the first reported to be in a development deal with smartphone makers earlier this year with its 66 communications satellites in low orbit.
Apple’s satellite connection goes through Globalstar and the two companies have a quasi-exclusivity agreement.
Samsung apparently wants to use the Galaxy S23 series’ satellite connection for more than Apple’s emergencies, with “the goal of transmitting data such as low-capacity text messages and images at hundreds of kbps” . This would be possible due to the overcoming of the technical limitations related to the inclusion of an antenna capable of handling these communications.
Huawei was the first to include satellite connectivity on an Android phone, but Samsung’s efforts will obviously be available to many more people given Huawei’s current situation.
Meanwhile, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra would also adopt a new fingerprint sensor. @RGCloudS on Twitter complaints that Samsung will adopt Qualcomm’s latest 3D ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, the third generation of the product. It’s unclear what improvements this will bring to the table, but it’s safe to assume we’ll see better speed and accuracy. Maybe this version will also adopt the larger scannable area of the 3D SonicMax little used sensor.
The Galaxy S23 series is expected to arrive in February next year, packing Android 13 out of the box with new camera sensors on the Ultra model, and a generally familiar design for the whole family, as well as use reduced Exynos chips with more Snapdragon chips instead.
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