Samsung Follows Apple, Qualcomm With Plans for Satellite Connectivity on Phones

From PC Mag: As Apple brings satellite connectivity to the latest iPhones, Samsung is working on delivering the same capability to its own products.

Samsung today announced(Opens in a new window) that it developed modem technology that can facilitate wireless 5G communication between a smartphone and orbiting satellites. This can be handy if you end up outside cellular networks, like in a remote area. By tapping orbiting satellites in the sky, your phone will still be able to communicate in the event of an emergency.

“Based on this technology, Samsung's future Exynos modems will support two-way text messaging as well as high-definition image and video sharing,” the company said.

Samsung didn't offer details on the satellite connectivity capabilities, such as the data transfer speeds. But the company said it simulated the 5G satellite communication via an Exynos Modem 5300, which is reportedly used in the Google Pixel 7 phone.

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