The Samsung Galaxy S24 could support satellite connectivity

Samsung is gearing up for the launch of the next lineup of the Galaxy S series, the Galaxy S24 series, with the trio of Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24+, and Galaxy S24 Ultra. And the series is expected to arrive with both the Exynos 2400 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipsets limited to certain regions. On August 13, Lee Jong-Ho, the minister of science and ICT, stated that local smartphone manufacturers are anticipated to introduce a service that permits data transmission and reception between 5G mobile devices and satellites.

Lee shared this in an interview with a Korean source, Yonhap News, stating that “I cannot say for sure, but I know that the domestic industry is considering commercializing the service next year, expecting that a standard related to satellite communication will be prepared next year.” Analyzing the term domestic industry, it is none other than Samsung that is emerging as the leading smartphone manufacturer in Korea. It is suggested that the firm also wanted to feature two-way satellite communication in the Galaxy S23 series, but it turned out to be a rumor.

When asked, the firm responded that when the infrastructure, technology, and timing are all in place, they will naturally explore aggressively implementing this feature for the Samsung Galaxy and their mobiles. So we can expect that Samsung will come up with the two-way satellite feature with its next-year’s model, which will most likely be the Galaxy S24 series. In emergency situations, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor has satellite communication capabilities. Collaboration between Samsung and Iridium for the accessibility of L-band spectrum, which is weather-resistant, via a network of satellites

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This year’s premium Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered Samsung phones can link to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites for emergency calls and texts, but not the Galaxy S23, Galaxy Z Fold 5, or Flip 5. While for Exynos, the firm replicated a connection with LEO through 5G NTN technology a few months ago. So we can expect two-way satellite communication on both the Exynos and Snapdragon-powered S24 series. Point-to-point connections are made possible by two-way satellite networks, which allow data to be transmitted both to and from the same satellite. As of now, Huawei phones are the only brand to have this feature.

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