Qualcomm is reportedly working on its Snapdragon Satellite to compete with Apple’s Emergency SOS via satellite, which debuted in November last year. Compatible handsets powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 are anticipated to receive the communications function.
A tweet from SnoopyTech claims that the feature will be accessible in the second half of 2023. In light of Apple’s agreement with the international satellite communications firm Globalstar, Qualcomm will probably follow the same strategy with Snapdragon Satellite available to as many people as possible. This may be one of the reasons why we reported on a rumor the Galaxy S23 might receive satellite communication.
Qualcomm will announce Snapdragon Satellite.
It will only be available for Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 devices.
It will offer two-way messaging.
Available in second half of 2023
Coming eventually to more devices after 8 Gen 2 phones. pic.twitter.com/88iz34jETw
— SnoopyTech (@_snoopytech_) January 5, 2023
However, the prior report discussed Samsung’s future collaboration with Iridium Communications, a U.S.-based company that runs 66 operational satellites, rather than Qualcomm’s participation. Iridium Communications would enable smartphone users to make both calls and messages, in contrast to Apple’s Emergency SOS through satellite, but with Snapdragon Satellite, it is believed to only support two-way messaging for the time being.
These two rumors may have nothing in common, but only time will tell. In a previous disassembly of the iPhone 14, it was discovered that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X65 5G modem gave Apple’s current flagship lineup a satellite connection. Similarly, Qualcomm could have previously included satellite communication in its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 but had kept the capability locked until the business was prepared to introduce external orbital devices.
Snapdragon Satellite will probably be a little more sophisticated than what is presently seen in the iPhone 14, given that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 has the upgraded Snapdragon X70 5G modem. However, we cannot speculate at this time and must wait until the functionality is formally released before we can provide our opinion.