The Galaxy S23 would be equipped with a new feature that is not very widespread on current smartphones. This novelty developed by Samsung is reminiscent of one of the flagship functions of Apple’s iPhone 14 and Huawei’s Mate 50.
According to information from our colleagues at ETNews, the Galaxy S23 would ship a satellite communication system. The outlet claims that the South Korean group has been working on this feature for at least two years. For the record, an informant had already predicted the arrival of this novelty on Samsung smartphones few months ago.
Samsung would therefore be the 3rd builder to include a satellite communication system on its smartphones. In September, Apple has lifted the veil on an analog system reserved for the iPhone 14. The functionality makes it possible to make emergency calls or send SMS via satellite, in areas not covered by the mobile network. Earlier, Huawei also presented a satellite communication system of the same ilk on its latest high-end phones, the Mate 50.
The first details on the Galaxy S23 satellite communication
To develop the feature, Samsung tied a partnership with Iridium, a company founded in 1991 by former Motorola executives. The firm has a network of 66 communication satellites in low orbit. Last summer, Iridium officially announced that an agreement had been reached with a smartphone manufacturer, whose identity was kept secret for the time being.
“The Development Agreement further provides for development fees, royalties and network usage fees to be paid to Iridium”said the Iridium group in a press release published in July 2022.
For its part, Apple relies on the GlobalStar satellite network. Confined to China, Huawei’s system is based on the Baidou satellite constellation. It would seem that the system developed by Samsung is not limited to sending emergency messages. According to ETNews, the Galaxy S23 will be able to ” transmit data such as text messages and images”as long as they are not too heavy.
On the other hand, it would not be possible to make voice calls through this system. Miniaturized, the satellite antenna that will be integrated into the Galaxy S23 would not offer sufficient throughput for calls. According to the ETNews report, antenna miniaturization was the main challenge for Samsung and Iridium.
It can be expected that other manufacturers are following suit to Samsung, Apple and Huawei in the coming years. In anticipation of the democratization of this technology, Google has moreover committed itself toAndroid 14 is capable of supporting communications through satellites. The update is expected in the second half of next year.
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A very bright screen and a new fingerprint reader
In parallel, the informant RGcloudS leaked part of the technical sheet of the Galaxy S23 Ultra, the most high-end model. The smartphone would be distinguished by a new fingerprint reader under the screen. Samsung would indeed rely on the 3rd generation ultrasonic fingerprint sensor designed by Qualcomm. For now, we do not know what improvements are in the program of this new module.
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Specs finalization confirmed on 5~10 december
S23 series mass production starts 2 weeks after
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Finally, the informant assures that the Galaxy S23 Ultra will have a brighter screen than the brand’s previous flagshipssuch as the Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy Z Fold 4. The touch screen would offer a maximum brightness between 2100 and 2200 nits, far from the 1700 nits promised by the latest Samsung flagships. The S23 Ultra would thus compete with the iPhone 14 Pro, which peaks at 2000 nits according to Apple.
According to the latest news, Samsung will present the Galaxy S23 as soon as the first week of February 2023. Except surprise, the smartphones will arrive in stores a few days later, after a period of pre-orders.
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Galaxy S23: this novelty is very reminiscent of the iPhone 14
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