The Galaxy S23, Samsung’s next-generation flagship, is expected in February 2023, just two months away. According to the newest information, the Galaxy S23 series may include satellite connectivity, similar to Apple’s iPhone 14. This feature will allow phones to send data such as text messages and tiny photos even when no internet connection is available.

The company appears to have teamed with Iridium. It will aid in the implementation of the feature using its 66 low-orbit communication satellites. According to ETNews in Korea, the development of such a feature was not without difficulties. The most difficult technological hurdle was fitting a large enough RF antenna into a standard smartphone to allow satellite connection.


With this addition, Samsung appears to be outdoing Apple, which has teamed with Globalstar. When cellular and Wi-Fi reception is unavailable, the iPhone 14 series allows users to text emergency services via satellite. Samsung is taking it a step further by allowing users to share short photographs. Most likely to someone other than emergency services.

However, Huawei released the Mate 50 series with satellite connectivity the day before the iPhone 14 series. With these three companies providing the feature, additional OEMs may embrace it in the future.

At the same time, according to Twitter tipster @RGCloudS, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will use the latest generation of Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. It’s unclear what advantages the third-generation sensor will have over the second-generation sensor utilized in the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Other rumored Galaxy S23 series features include improved night photography, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, and significantly larger batteries. Furthermore, it is stated that the technology to integrate mobile and satellite communication modems to handle digital data is nearly complete. No information concerning this new function is available from Samsung.

Huawei and Apple

As previously stated, Huawei and Apple have already included satellite communication capabilities in their latest flagship models. When cellular reception is not available, iPhone 14 owners in the United States and Canada can use this new function to communicate with emergency services. According to the Cupertino corporation, a message sent by Sat-com could take 15 seconds to send in perfect conditions with a direct view of the sky and the horizon. It takes more than a minute to send under trees with light or medium vegetation.

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