Samsung Galaxy S23 Series

Samsung Galaxy S23 may borrow one of the important iPhone 14 features

Samsung may choose one of the iPhone 14 features for its next flagship phones. A new report has suggested that Samsung may equip its upcoming phone-connected Galaxy S23 series with the satellite calling functionality that debuted on iPhones this year. Samsung has reportedly been working on satellite communication technology for the past two years, trying to solve problems and overcome challenges. Also Read – Samsung Galaxy S23 may come with a light performance mode

According to ETNews, Samsung is working with Iridium for the satellite calling feature in the Galaxy S23 phones. Iridium is a low Earth orbit constellation of 66 satellites, providing voice and data services. With the help of Iridium, Samsung hopes to offer users of its next flagship phones the ability to send low-quality text messages and photos at kbps-level speeds. Also Read – Samsung Galaxy S23 to be launched in February 2023 with a combination of Exynos 2300 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

current satellite communication technology

Apple introduced the Emergency SOS feature via satellite for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models to allow users to contact emergency services when they are stuck in an area without network signals or any other method of communication. Apple has partnered with Globalstar to offer satellite communications functionality on the iPhone 14 series. The feature is initially available for free to users in select countries, such as the United States, but Apple plans to charge users later. Also Read – Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, Galaxy S23 camera, battery details leaked online

Huwaei, the Chinese smartphone giant, has launched a satellite communication service, but it is better in terms of operability. While Apple only allows users to send rescue requests to emergency services, Huawei uses Beidou satellites to allow limited text messages to be sent and received.

Samsung challenges

Ordinary satellite communications technology includes an RF antenna on a device to transmit high-speed voice and data. But this antenna is usually quite large in size. For satellite communications to work on phones, the biggest technical challenge is making the antenna small enough to fit inside the body of the phone.

Samsung may have overcome this challenge, but it is not clear what services it will provide to users of satellite communication technology. The company also reportedly does not expect the feature to become a hit in its home market, South Korea because the land area is small and there is excellent 5G coverage across the country. But it can be successful in North and South America, China, Asia, Europe and Russia.