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The Samsung Galaxy S23 will also have a satellite connection


Following smartphones made by Apple and Huawei, Samsung is reportedly planning to add a satellite communication feature to the Galaxy S23 series.

To bring satellite connectivity to the Galaxy S23, the technology giant from South Korea has partnered with Iridium, a global satellite communications company from America.

For information, Iridium has a global satellite communication service to send data such as text messages or low-sized images via satellite.


South Korean media Etnews claims that Samsung is preparing to introduce a satellite communication feature on the Galaxy S23 with the aim of sending data such as text messages and low-capacity images at hundreds of kbps.

Over the past two years, Samsung has reportedly been working hard to overcome the challenges of satellite communication technology. To that end, Samsung will work closely with Iridium, which is an established US-based satellite communications company.

Iridium currently provides voice and data communications services via satellite in outer space using 66 low Earth orbit communications satellites.

To enable high-speed voice and data communications via satellite, a large antenna (RF) is required. But if that’s the case, it’s probably the last thing anyone wants to look at smartphone modern with big antenna.

So, indeed the biggest challenge with using satellite communications is creating an inconspicuous antenna. But thankfully, Etnews says Samsung is done with this part. That means, we probably won’t see a Galaxy S23 with a big flashy antenna.

In addition, the technology to integrate cellular and satellite communications to process digital data is also reported to be largely complete. It’s just that Samsung hasn’t confirmed any details about this new feature.

As is known, Huawei and Apple have introduced satellite communication features on smartphone flagship their newest. iPhone 14 users in the US and Canada can use this new feature to communicate for emergency services when cellular network is unavailable.


The Cupertino giant says under ideal conditions with no direct obstruction to the sky, messages sent via satellite take just 15 seconds to transmit. Meanwhile, if it is sent under a tree or there is an obstacle with light or medium foliage, the message sent takes more than a minute.

The good news is that the iPhone 14 satellite connectivity feature is likely to apply in countries other than Canada and the United States in November 2022, including in Indonesia. [SN/HBS]

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