At CES 2023, Qualcomm has unveiled Snapdragon Satellite, which brings satellite-based messaging to Android phones.
Snapdragon Satellite will let users with select devices with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip to use two-way messaging.
“Robust and reliable connectivity is at the heart of premium experiences. Snapdragon Satellite showcases our history of leadership in enabling global satellite communications and our ability to bring superior innovations to mobile devices at scale,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, cellular modems and infrastructure, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Kicking off in premium smartphones later this year, this new addition to our Snapdragon platform strongly positions us to enable satellite communication capabilities and service offerings across multiple device categories.”
To make this work, Snapdragon Satellite uses the Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF systems and supported by fully operational Iridium satellite constellation.
Snapdragon Satellite also uses the Iridium L-brand spectrum for both uplink and downlink. Iridium’s satellite network are also weather-resistant.
Qualcomm says emergency messaging on Snapdragon Satellite is set to launch on select next-gen smartphones in certain regions in the second half of 2023.
Snapdragon Satellite will also work with other devices such as laptops, tablets, vehicles and smart home products.