Samsung is just a few months away from unveiling the Galaxy S23 series, and the company’s next-generation flagship is rumored to take a note from the iPhone 14’s satellite connectivity, as well as upgrade 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 allows worldwide access to satellites for emergency situations when cellular networks are unavailable or unreliable.
The Cheek Samsung is reportedly looking to include satellite connectivity in the Galaxy S23 as well.
Apparently, Samsung’s take on this feature will be powered by a partner, Iridium. The company was reportedly in development market for the first time with smartphone makers earlier this year with its 66 low-orbit communications satellites.
Apple’s satellite link runs through Globalstar and the two companies have an almost exclusive market.
Samsung seems to want to use the satellite connection in the Galaxy S23 series for more than Apple’s emergency situations, however, with the “goal of transmitting data such as text messages and low-capacity images at hundreds of kbps.” This is reportedly possible due to overcoming the technical limitations of including an antenna capable of handling these communications.
Huawei was the first to include satellite connectivity on an Android phone, but it’s clear that Samsung’s efforts will be available to a lot more people considering Huawei’s continued position.
Meanwhile, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra is also rumored to be adopting a new fingerprint sensor. @RGcloudS on Twitter demands Samsung will adopt Qualcomm’s latest 3D ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, the third generation of the product. It’s not clear what improvements this will bring to the table, but we’ll likely see better speed and accuracy. This version may also adopt the larger scannable area of the rarely used 3D Sonic Max 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 design that is mostly familiar to the whole family, as like the reduced use of Exynos chips with more Snapdragon chips instead.
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