Galaxy S24 Series May Not Get Two-Way Satellite Connectivity

Samsung‘s got a new kid on the block. The Galaxy S24 series. It’s set to launch globally next month. And guess what? It’s been rumored to support satellite connectivity from the get-go.

Now, this isn’t exactly a new concept. The Galaxy S23 series was supposed to have this feature. It was following in the footsteps of Apple and Huawei. But, well, things don’t always go as planned, do they?

Samsung’s been taking its sweet time with this. They’re working on a two-way satellite connectivity. And it might even support satellite calling. If they pull it off, it’ll be a step ahead of Apple’s iPhone 14 series.

There’s been some leaks too. Screenshots of One UI 6.1 showed an option for “Emergency texts via satellite”. Interesting, right?

But here’s the kicker. The units Samsung sent to communication companies in Korea for network testing? They seem to be missing the satellite feature. Yep, you heard that right. The Galaxy S24 Ultra was sent to SK Telecom, KT, and LG Uplus for pre-launch testing. They’re supposed to check how well the phone works with domestic networks. But the satellite feature? Nowhere to be found.

The Galaxy S24 series does have some cool features though. It’s got Gauss AI integration and camera upgrades. But the satellite connectivity? Still on hold.

One of the standout features is Samsung’s own ChatGPT alternative, Gauss AI. It’s being marketed as an “AI phone” with generative AI capabilities throughout its UI. And Google‘s AI chatbot ‘Bard’? It’s expected to make a cameo in the series.

Samsung seems to be aiming for a more advanced two-way satellite communication in future models. It’s a different approach from Apple’s. But Huawei’s already got it in their Huawei Mate 60 series. It works with China’s “Tiantong-1” satellite mobile communication network. Users can make and receive calls via satellite. Neither the latest iPhone nor the upcoming Galaxy flagships have this feature.

But the Galaxy S24 Ultra isn’t all bad news. It’s got some serious upgrades in other areas. The rear camera setup, for example, has five vertically arranged cameras. The 50MP telephoto can do a 5x optical zoom and enables 8k recording at 5x level. Not too shabby, eh?

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