Apple introduced the satellite connectivity feature with its iPhone 14 series and its functionalities drove Android customers crazy. Now Qualcomm has officially launched the Snapdragon Satellite feature to bring iPhone-like satellite connectivity to Android phones.
At CES 2023 event, Qualcomm officially announced the Snapdragon Satellite feature for premium smartphones. Qualcomm has made this feature more advanced than Apple’s satellite connectivity and introduced it as the world’s first satellite-based two-way capable messaging solution for Android phones.
While explaining Snapdragon Satellite, the company says that it is powered by the Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF System and supported by a fully operational Iridium satellite constellation, which will enable OEMs and other service providers to deliver truly global coverage.
The chipmaker further said that the feature will be available for Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor-based high-end devices and will launch for smartphones in select regions in the second half of this year.
Aside from premium smartphones, the company will later expand the Snapdragon Satellite feature to other devices, including laptops, tablets, vehicles, and IoT.
Moreover, as the Snapdragon Satellite ecosystem grows, OEMs and app developers can leverage Satellite connectivity to differentiate and offer unique branded services. Snapdragon satellites are planned to support 5G non-terrestrial networks (NTN) as NTN satellite infrastructure and constellations become available.
Will Galaxy S23 get satellite connectivity?
Earlier, it was reported that Samsung is testing Iridium Satellite Communication features for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered Galaxy S23 series. However, at the moment there is no official confirmation whether these phones will have a satellite connectivity feature or not.
US price of Samsung’s Galaxy S23 FE revealed
According to MySmartPrice report, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 FE could come with a price tag of $599 in the US. This would make it $100 more cheaper than the S21 FE, as part of promoting it as the best budget flagship of this year.
This year’s FE smartphone doensn’t pack the same chipset as the flagship models. Rumors say that the S23 FE will be equipped with Exynos 2200 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipsets, availability country-wise.
Google’s upcoming Pixel 8 handset reportedly starts at $699. Hence, the Galaxy S23 FE’s lower starting price could help Samsung capture those consumers who don’t care too much about camera performance.
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5 Shipments To Hit Historic 10 Million Unit Milestone
Shipments of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5 are approximately 10% higher than last year’s models. If 7 million new products and 3 million units of legacy models are shipped this year, the number will reach 10 million units for the first time in history.
According to the info, shipments of the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Fold 5 were found to be 8-10% higher than the shipments of their predecessors. In terms of shipment volume by model, Z Flip 5 accounts for 60-65%, and Z Fold 5 accounts for 30-35%.
Component partners of Samsung say that the number of parts ordered for the two recent models did not change significantly or decrease slightly compared to expectations.
Earlier, it was expected that the Korean tech giant would order 12 to 13 million units of parts for the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Fold 5 by the end of this year. However, recent reports revealed that there may be a decrease of about 1 million units.
Samsung Powers Up: Delivering a Whopping 70 Million OLED Display for iPhone 15 Series!
By the end of 2023, Samsung Display is likely to supply nearly 70 million units of OLED for the iPhone 15 series to Apple. The company’s OLED volume by model is estimated to be in the low 20 million units for the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus, 9 to 10 million for Pro, and ~ 30 million for Pro Max.
Among the four iPhone 15 models, the 15 Pro Max OLED estimate, which Apple plans to produce the most, is four times higher for Samsung than for LG Display. Industry watchers say that Samsung Display’s iPhone 15 Pro Max OLED volume is in the mid-20 million units, three times that of LG Display.
The prevailing view is that LG Display will have 15% more OLED volume than Samsung Display (9 million to early 10 million units). Those who see it differently predict that Samsung Display will secure around 20 million units of 15% OLED, which will be more than LG Display.