Satellite connectivity on smartphones has been a hot topic of discussion recently. This connectivity method involves connecting the smartphone and the nearest satellite. The satellite then transmits the data. The traditional way we see on most smartphones today relies on nearby cell towers for the same.
Although a bit more intense on your smartphone’s resources, this could significantly change how we communicate with people all across the globe.
Coming to the point, we have seen satellite connectivity being available on many Android devices this year, which are powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip. That was made possible due to a feature that enables satellite connectivity.
It is called Snapdragon Satellite. But this feature is not very mature yet due to insufficient advancements in this area. That resulted in several manufacturers not activating the feature. But that is likely to change soon.
Galaxy S24 series may feature a new satellite connectivity enabling modem
Earlier this year, Samsung announced a new 5G modem that supports direct satellite connectivity. Samsung aims to accelerate the 5G satellite connectivity adaptation and pave the way for 6G technology. They have also partnered with companies that will help them progress.
In a recent interview, the Minister of Science and ICT of Korea stated that next year might be the one in which two-way satellite connectivity technology is commercialized and a standard is adopted.
However, he also mentioned that this is only a possibility and not a certainty. Nonetheless, this still suggests that the Galaxy S24 series could have the feature. In the same interview, he predicted the time for Samsung to form agreements with Starlink. It came out to be three months.
Furthermore, certain sources state that much research is being conducted regarding this technology. This will eventually eliminate the need for hardware-based requirements. So, if you have a 5G phone, there is a chance that you might be able to use satellite connections in the near future.
Lastly, as Mr Lee stated, all this is based on assumptions and predictions. Things would have to turn out in Samsung’s favor for this to work. We hope they do.
You can check out our YouTube video for an early look at the Galaxy S24 Ultra to see if it’s worth the wait.