Samsung is just a few months away from the debut of the Galaxy S23 series, and rumor has it that the company’s next-generation flagship will take a note from the iPhone 14’s satellite connection, 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 mobile networks are unavailable or unreliable.
Elec reports that Samsung is also looking to include satellite connectivity in the Galaxy S23.
Apparently, Samsung’s bid for this feature will be powered by a partner, Iridium. The company was first reported to be in a development deal with smartphone makers earlier this year with its 66 low-orbit communications satellites.
Apple’s satellite connection goes through Globalstar, and the two companies have an almost exclusive agreement.
Samsung apparently wants to use the satellite connection in the Galaxy S23 series for more than Apple’s emergencies, however, with “the goal of transmitting data such as text messages and images at low capacity at hundreds of kbps.” This is reportedly possible due to overcoming the technical limitations of including an antenna that can handle these communications.
Huawei was the first to include satellite connectivity on an Android phone, but Samsung’s effort will obviously be available to many more people given Huawei’s ongoing situation.
Meanwhile, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra is also rumored to get a new fingerprint sensor. @RGCloudS on Twitter claims 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 presumably we’ll see better speed and accuracy. Perhaps this version could also use the larger scannable area of the sparsely 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 mostly familiar design across the family, as well as the reduced use of Exynos chips with more Snapdragon chips in instead of.
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