Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon Satellite, a solution that was developed by Iridium and has the ability to send and receive SMS anywhere on Earth. On paper, the iPhone 14 solution seems to be more expensive.
Qualcomm’s role in the production of more or less 90 to 95 percent of high-end smartphone models on the market in Europe. This means it could affect many devices and users in our area when they add technology to their chips.
During the CES 2023, the San Diego firm announced the launch of a feature previously reserved for the latest iphone 14 and 14 Pros. This is in theory compatible with all smartphones equipped with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, the new high-end chip from Qualcomm. It’s the only one found on all flagship phones in the 2023.
What is more interesting in this announcement is that if Android is right at the heart of the Apple competitor for once, the technology offered looks superior to that of Cupertino competitor. We explain why.
Why the Qualcomm technology is superior on paper?
For example, despite Qualcomm and its vice-president Francesco Grilli offering, the technologies embedded in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 seem superior to the iPhone 14. Regardless of whether or not we did anything for the purpose of testing, then it wasn’t the same. It’s just a question that should come with a statement.
Although you can imagine that Qualcomm engineers failed to create a satellite communication system, they didn’t launch their own satellites. They met with a company, Iridium, that is already very established in the industry. This partnership will allow them to have a network of 66 satellites connected together. The constellation of the gods is to present itself to the whole world. There are even more satellites in case the break down does not arrive.
GlobalStar is the partner who was chosen by Apple, but its cheapest in that space combines fewer satellites, but at a higher rate. They need to be connected with stations on the ground, therefore they must always be used to transmit information. This has a very good consequence and really gives Qualcomm a significant advantage. If you are in the middle of the Pacific or in Antarctica, when the ground relays aren’t used by Apple, the iPhone 14 should of no avail not be able to call for help, not a smartphone with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
Second notable advantage is the move of Iridium satellites. A satellite is no longer on your feet, unless you’re stuck on a ravine. But if those are moving, you can hope that the one that passed will pass. By the way, a dedicated interface can theoretically help you view the satellite using an augmented reality view.
Once connected, it can only be two days with a text, rather than two minutes.
There are still many unknowns.
It isn’t yet clear how this all will go to the market. Tatsächlich, Qualcomm is struggling to offer it to smartphone manufacturers, famous OEMs, who decide whether they can take them in their devices or not. A rumor already suggested that Samsung would be in the running to adopt this solution on its Galaxy S23.
This also means that the experience can change from one manufacturer to the other who have chosen to integrate satellite communication into their telephone. For example, each will have to offer its own interface, but also price for an optional subscription. As a reminder, Apple has planned to charge this service for the first two years. But there is no guarantee that this is the case between Android manufacturers.
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