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Samsung Galaxy S23 series rumoured to offer satellite connectivity after the iPhone 14 series

Samsung’s next-generation flagships, the Galaxy S23, are expected to arrive in February 2023, which is just two months away. The latest suggests that the Galaxy S23 series may feature satellite connectivity, similar to Apple’s iPhone 14. This functionality allows the phones to send data such as text messages and small pictures even when there is no internet connection.

The company is apparently working with Iridium, which will help enable the feature with its 66 low-orbit communications satellites. Korea-based ETNews reports that the development of such a feature was not without its hurdles. The biggest technical challenge was to squeeze an RF antenna into the mainstream smartphone large enough to allow satellite communications.

Samsung seems to want to outdo Apple with this addition, which has partnered with Globalstar. The iPhone 14 series allows users to text emergency services via satellite when there is no cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. Samsung takes that to the next level by allowing users to send small images as well, probably to people who aren’t just emergency responders.

But it was Huawei that actually launched the satellite-connected Mate 50 series a day before the iPhone 14 series arrived. With these three companies offering the feature, we may see more OEMs adopting it in the future.

At the same time, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is rumored to use the latest generation of Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, according to tipster @RGCloudS on Twitter. It’s not clear what advantages the third-generation sensor will bring over the second-generation sensor used in the Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy S22 Ultra.

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Other rumors about the Galaxy S23 series include major improvements in night photography, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor and slightly larger batteries.


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